CLOVE

COMMON NAME: CLOVE

BOTANICAL NAME: Syzygium aromaticum

INDONESIAN: Cengkeh

ORIGIN AND HABITAT: Native to the Molucca Islands, Indonesia. Cultivated in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and other tropical locations

DISTILLATION: Flower buds are steam distilled

CURRENT AND HISTORICAL USES: Used by the Greeks, Roman and the Chinese, to ease toothache and as a breath sweetener.  Used in perfumes, mulled wines and liqueurs, dental products and as an insect repellant.