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Description

Cloves are the aromatic flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. They are native to eastern Indonesian. The Major producers of Cloves are India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

Description:

The cloves are the unopened flower bud of the evergreen clove tree. The flower buds initially have a pale color, gradually turn green, and then transition to bright red color. After that, the buds are harvested when they are bright red and dried until they turn brown in color. The buds are 1.5-2 cm long, and consist of a long calyx that terminates in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals forms a small central ball. Cloves have a very hard exterior and their flesh contains an oily compound that is the reason of sweet and aromatic flavor.

Storage:

Clove can be stored in an airtight container away from moisture, heat, and sunlight. Then, they will remain their flavor for about one year.

Uses:

The Clove has a warm, sweet, and pungent flavor and used in several cuisines including Asian, African, and the Middle East Countries. They are used to add flavor to meat, curries, soups, stew, and Marinades, as well as fruit such as apples, oranges, plums, and pears.

Health Benefits:

There are many Health’s Benefits mentioned below,

  • Improve Digestion
  • Prevent Cancer
  • Boost Immune System
  • Cure for Oral Disease
  • Cure Headaches
  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Regulate Blood Pressure
  • Protect Liver
  • Improve Bone Density
  • Control Blood sugar
  • Anti-Bacterial properties
  • Anti-Mutagenic Properties
  • Anti- Microbial Properties

 

Nutritional Value of Clove :

Nutritional Value of Clove contain per 100gms is mentioned below:

Energy                                 323 kcal

Carbohydrates                   61.2 g

Fiber         34.2 g

Fat                                       20.1 g

Protein                                6 g

Vitamins

Vitamin A                           530 IU

Vitamin C                           80.8 mg

Vitamin E                           8.5 mg

Vitamin K                           142 mcg

Thiamin                              0.1 mg

Riboflavin                          0.3 mg

Niacin                                 1.5 mg

Vitamin B6                         0.6 mg

Folate                                 93 mcg

Choline                              37.4 mg

Betaine                               1.4 mg

Minerals

Calcium                               646 mg

Iron                                      8.7 mg

Magnesium                        264 mg

Manganese                         30 mg

Phosphorus                        105 mg

Potassium                          1102 mg

Sodium                               243 mg

Zinc                                     1.1 mg

Copper                               0.3 mg

Selenium                           5.9 mcg

Properties:

Shape:  Flower Bud type

Size:  1.5-2 cm

Color: Brown

Taste:  Sweet and bitter

 

 

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