Indigenous to the Maluku islands of Indonesia, cloves (Eugenia caryophyllata) can be found in nature as the unopened pink flower buds of the evergreen tree. Picked by hand the buds are dried until they turn brown and, after grinding them, the power is used in cooking or converted into an essential oil for various medicinal purposes. Unlike most other spices, cloves can be grown throughout the entire year, which has given native tribes that use it a distinct advantage over other cultures because the health benefits can be enjoyed more readily.
Considerably high in manganese (126.4%) – which is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis, anemia and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – 2 tsps. of clove contains the following nutrients:
Vitamin K (6.6%)