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Cloves

Prized throughout the Old World for its antiseptic and anodyne properties as well as for its unique
flavour, the aromatic bud of the clove tree was also used as a breath-freshener by Chinese
emperors and a preventive against intestinal parasites by African tribal healers. Its flavour
has been described as ‘smoky’ or ‘peppery’, yet these words are only approximations; the
taste of cloves is like no other taste in the world.

 

Harvest:               January to April
Availability:         2,000 MT/Year
Specifications:  
A typical hand-picked sample contains
Headless cloves (Max)                                                             2%
Cloves below <10mm  (Max)                                                  1%
Stems and fruits (Max)                                                             0.2%
Fermented cloves (Max)                                                          0.5
Extraneous matter (Max)                                                        0.2%
Moisture (Max)                                                                         12%
A typical #1 sample contains
Stems and fruits (Max)                                                              2%
Extraneous matter (Max)                                                          0.5%
Moisture (Max)                                                                         12%