Cloves are nail-shaped dried flower buds. They are used mainly as an aromatic condiment and flavoring additive in a wide variety of cuisines. Clove is also used to flavor meats and vegetables. They are meant to be used sparingly (a little goes a long way).
Sweet, Penetrating Flavor.
Also referred to as Laung
Substitutes: Allspice / Nutmeg
Notes: It can be used to strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, and aid in digestion. It contains eugenol, a powerful germicide, as well as caryophyllene, which has antimicrobial properties.