A clove is the unopened flower bud of the clove tree. Our forest cloves come from a cultivation in the jungle in a nature reserve in India. The cultivation is therefore organic and the method of harvesting spotless, resulting in a fresh red-brown cup that you can crush between your fingers. And extremely aromatic! 

The clove is the dried flower bud from a clove tree, the Syzygium aromaticum. Originally this tree grew only in the tropical archipel of the Moluccas.

This clove tree is a 10-15 meter high tree with cream-colored flowers that turn red during flowering. The buds are picked to be dried before the actual flowering starts. Harvesting begins in the fourth year, and repeats itself once a year, during ten years. The moment at which the buds have to be picked is quit critical, the buds have to be nicely rounded, and begin to color. As soon as a bud is opening, it has become unusable as a spice.

The Portuguese discovered the Molucca clove tree locations in 1424, long before the Dutch claimed their supremacy on the Moluccas. Their target was to monopolize the clove trade by ensuring that the tree would only grow on the isle of Ambon and nobody could share that information with others. That was accompanied by unacceptable atrocities (and slavery). They succeeded in that. Nowhere else in the worldthe clove tree grew since then.

The Frenchman Pierre Poivre (no, not a joke) managed, despite all the precautions of the Dutch, to alienate plant material from the Moluccas in 1770 and plant them on the French tropical island of Saint Mauritius off the coast of Africa. He thereby accomplished in breaking the monopoly of the VOC on the cultivation of cloves.

This superior clove grows on the North Moluccas (Maluku Utara) . It is produced by a group of farmers who recently started their own corporation. The corporation provides a stable income for the farmers' families. The surplus of sales is used to improve education and health care on the island.

The cloves are quite large (the thousand weight is 100 grams) and of high quality. They are dried so that the stalk is dry, but the red-brown bud has remained quite soft. You can easily remove it from the stalk and pinch it between the fingers. The exuberant aroma tells the rest.

Smell and taste

The clove flavor comes from the sharp tasting eugenol, and combines perfectly with spices and herbs that also contain eugenol, such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, pepper, vanilla (eugenol is the raw material for the preparation of vanillin), basil and star anise .


Cloves are suitable for sweet and savory preparations, both in baking dishes and desserts, as in roasts, and in hot dishes, in meat dishes and curries, and in sauerkraut, red cabbage and mulled wine. Many famous spice mixtures contain cloves.


  • 100% dried buds of the Syzygium aromaticum - wild - premium and picked quality


  • available in pouch and glass
  • pouchescontain 30, 45, 60, 150 and 300 grams respectively
  • glass jar contains 45 grams

Gift packages

  • the cubic box is suitable for packaging one glass jar and is supplied with a sheet of black tissue paper
  • the flat box has a flat 'velvet' inlay, and is suitable for  our small and medium-sized pouches (150 and 250 ml), marked with an arterisk *. Capacity: 4-5 bags, depending on the type of spice
  • for further details (and images) of our gift packaging, please refer to the product page

General advice

  • keep your cloves in a dry and pretty cool place
  • the expiry date is meant as an indication

Best before

  • september 2023

Indonesia Moluccas
Botanical name
Myrtaceae Syzygium aromaticum
No additions 100% dried flowerbuds
Allergen information
Contains no allergenes

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