Cloves are the immature unopened flower buds of a tropical tree. When fresh, they are pink, dried, they turn to a rust-brown colour. Measuring 12 – 16 mm (1/2” – 5/8”) long, they resemble small nails, with a tapered stem (Clove translates to ‘nail’ in Spanish). The large end of the clove is the four-pointed flower bud.
Cloves are available whole and ground.