Cloves are the nail-shaped,unopened, dried flower bud of an Evergreen Tree. Cloves have a sweet, penetrating flavor. The tree is native to
Brazil, Sumatra, the
Jamaica and other tropical regions. Ground Clove are delicious in desserts, bread pudding, cookies, rice pudding, spice cake, pumpkin pie, stewed cranberries and fruit dishes. Clove Oil has a numbing effect and is often used by dentists for tooth aches. A crushed Clove held in the mouth helps elevate tooth pain. The strong flavor and antiseptic qualities of Cloves led to the inclusion of Cloves in mouth washes and toothpaste. Cloves are also used to scent drawers and closets.