The strength of the clove is astounding in more ways than one. This is not a spice for the faint of heart, just a little clove goes a long way. While tiny and unintimidating on the outside, these dried tree flower buds native to Indonesia have a strong, distinctive personality and have made their presence known in various cultures throughout history.

Used whole or ground, clove is found in a myriad of recipes across the globe. In India, clove is found in the spice mix garam masala, and is used in many rich, spicy dishes and stews. In Mexico, clove is combined with cumin and cinnamon, which together make their way into main courses as well as desserts. In Vietnam, clove is used to season and spice the broth of the wildly popular Pho. But clove doesn’t stop there.