Cloves are the unopened pink flower buds of the evergreen clove tree. The buds are picked by hand when they are pink and dried until they turn brown in color. Cloves are about ½ inch long and ¼ inch in diameter with their tapered stem, which looks like tiny nails. In fact their English name is derived from the Latin word, “clavus,” which means nail.
A clove is a nutrient-dense spice. Much like its fellow spices, a clove’s unique phytonutrient components are accompanied by an incredible variety of traditionally-recognized nutrients. Cloves are an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin K, dietary fiber, and vitamin C, as well as, a good source of calcium and magnesium.