10 impressive health benefits of eating cloves

Cloves are a spice made from the flower buds of an evergreen tree called, appropriately enough, the clove tree (Syzygium aromaticum). Within the Malindi, cloves are part of the grounded Pilau masala or garam masala which is used regularly in rice dishes and meat dishes respectively in household meals and cuisines in hotels.

Cloves have a pungent warm spice with an intense flavor and aroma. The flavor comes from the compound eugenol. On the tongue, one will detect sweetness, bitterness, and astringency (drying the mouth), with a noticeable amount of heat. Cloves are a pungent spice found in savory dishes, desserts, and drinks.

10 impressive health benefits of eating cloves

  1. Cloves contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, so using whole or ground cloves to add flavor to your food can provide some important nutrients for recipes.
  2. Cloves are high in antioxidants, including eugenol, which can help reduce oxidative stress.
  3. Being high in antioxidants, these chemicals play a part in reducing damage to cells that could lead to cancer.
  4. Cloves have been shown to have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can help stop the growth of microorganisms like bacteria.
  5. Cloves are also high in antioxidants, which may help prevent liver disease due to their ability to help decrease oxidative stress
  6. The compounds in cloves may help promote insulin production and lower blood sugar.
  7. Clove extract and clove oil may increase the production of gastric mucus and help protect against stomach ulcers.
  8. Cloves have long been used in home remedies to treat toothache pain. The eugenol that provides the flavor of cloves is also a pain-reliever and can help relieve inflammation.
  9. Cloves are said to restore appetite, which is good for people with eating disorders.
  10. Cloves are effective at clearing up a number of skin disorders such as acne and sores or for your skin regular treatment methods.

 

Ideas on how to use cloves in the kitchen

Furnish an onion with several cloves when making a homemade sauce, stock, broth, or stew.

Embed a few cloves into a piece of meat before cooking.

Add to cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage dishes and this will aid digestion.

Use cloves to make bread sauce.

Use cloves to make mincemeat.

Add ground cloves to biscuit or cake dough for a spicy-sweet treat.

Flavor soups with whole cloves.

Flavour boiled or fried rice with several cloves.

Add to curries and other spicy foods.

Add to rice pudding and other milk-based sweet dishes.

 

Buying, storing, and preparing cloves

Cloves can be bought whole or in the ground form. Whole cloves are much more aromatic and flavorsome and if possible try to buy whole cloves as opposed to the ground powder.

Although some cooking recipes will call for ground clove powder, it is possible for you to grind the whole cloves at home. Using a pestle and mortar to grind the cloves is not the best choice, and if possible try to use an electric grinder of some sort, such as a coffee grinder. If you do not have one to hand, you could place the cloves in a plastic bag and crush them with a hammer.

Another advantage of whole cloves is that they will keep for around 6 months longer than the ground form, lasting for about a year if stored in an airtight container.

Where to find cloves

Within Malindi Subcounty in Kilifi County, cloves are available in the local grocery markets and supermarkets.

 

 

 

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