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The clove has a hot, sweet and spicy, woody and spicy flavour. It is used by the pharmaceutical industry for its disinfectant, healing and anaesthetic properties. Its smell inevitably is reminiscent of the dentists'! ! It is also used by perfumers. You can create a wonderful home fragrance by studding an orange with cloves. This is called a "pomander".
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The clove is the dried flower bud of the clove tree from the Myrtaceae family.
This tree is native to the Bat Jan Islands, a micro archipelago in the centre of the Moluccas (Indonesia). The tree has travelled extensively and cloves are now found in many countries: Ambon, the Moluccas and Sumatra (Indonesia), Penang (Malaysia), Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, India (states of Mysore and Travancore), Antilles, Fench Guiana, Madagascar etc.
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