Cloves


Tamil: krambu
Telugu: lavangam
Hindi: laung

Cloves are the unopened flower buds of the clove tree and grow in small clusters. The fully grown but unopened buds are picked and dried in the sun until they turn dark brown and woody. Cloves are rich dark brown in colour. The buds have a long cylindrical base crowned by a plump beige ball which is encircled by a four toothed calyx. They have a powerful aroma and should be used carefully in cooking.Cloves are used in cooking the world over and can be tasted in breads and cakes

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