CLOVES are indigenous to the Spice Islands. They are the dried unopened buds of a tropical evergreen clove tree native to the Maluko Islands of eastern Indonesia. They have a warm aromatic aroma and the flavour is intensely pungent with warm sweet almost medicinal taste. They are found in all kinds of cuisines, and are are an essential ingredient in Indian GARAM MASALA, Asian CHINESE FIVE SPICE, and British BAKING SPICE. Cloves are very strong and must be used with discretion.