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What are cloves?

About the ingredient cloves. Including 1,503 recipes with cloves, nutrition data, and where to find it.



Cloves can be used in cooking either whole or in a ground form, but as they are extremely strong, they are used sparingly.

Dried cloves are also a key ingredient in Indian masala chai, spiced tea, a special variation of tea popular in some regions, notably Gujarat. In the US, it is often sold under the name of "chai" or "chai tea", as a way of differentiating it from other types of teas sold in the US.

Due to the Indonesian influence, the use of cloves is widespread in the Netherlands. Cloves are used in cheeses, often in combination with cumin. Cloves are an essential ingredient for making Dutch speculaas. Furthermore, cloves are used in traditional Dutch stews like hachee.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp (6g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 19Calories from Fat 10
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 2%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 3.7g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 0.1
Protein 0.4g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 4% Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Cloves are usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Cloves are a member of the Spices and Herbs US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much do cloves weigh?

Measure Grams
1 tbsp 6
1 tsp 2

In Chinese:丁香
British (UK) term: Cloves
en français:clous de girofle
en español:clavos

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