Flavor ProfileThe taste of cloves is fruity, but sharp and bitter with a hint of heat. They leave a bit of a numbing sensation in the mouth. The aroma is warm and assertive with peppery undertones.
When and Where to UseAdd a dash of ground cloves to baked beans, barbecue rubs and sauces, chili, tomato sauce and spaghetti. Cloves are an excellent compliment to apples, beets, red cabbage, carrots, chocolate, hams, onions, oranges, pork, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, squash, and in cranberry juice.
Cloves work well when paired with allspice, bay, cardamom, cinnamon, chili, coriander, curry leaves, fennel, ginger, mace, nutmeg and tamarind.
In our country, whole cloves are traditionally used to stud pork roasts and hams.