Flores eugeniae is the botanical name of the spice that used to be as sought after as gold and is one of the oldest in the world. The clove is the blossom of the carnation tree. It is harvested before the blossoming. When drying, the originally red buds turn to their familiar brown color. Formerly, the carnations came from the Indonesian Moluccas, the so-called spice islands. In China, the versatile spice was known long before the birth of Christ, but the Europeans were only in the time of the Roman Empire in his enjoyment.
Origin of the carnation
In the Middle Ages, the carnation was referred to as Nägelein because of its appearance, which later became the name "carnation". The main growing areas today are Zanzibar and Madagascar. Like many other spices, the carnation has many effects. Because of its actual "uses, " the carnation is still highly valued at present.
The use of cloves
Cloves are a strong seasoning and are used in both the savory and the sweet kitchen. Their high proportion of essential oil is used by the manufacturers of perfume and cosmetics. The clove oil is also used in herbal liqueurs and bitters.
Cloves have a disinfecting, analgesic and digestive effect. Not only for toothache and inflammation in the mouth, they are a proven home remedy. Similarly, clove oil can be given for bloating and diarrhea.
Cloves have made a name for themselves, especially in the summertime: picking lemon slices with cloves keeps unpleasant visitors like mosquitoes and other insects away!