CLOVES, WHOLE: Can be used in cooking either whole or in ground form. As they are extremely strong they are best when used sparingly. Whole cloves are often used to flavor hams and pork, pushing the tapered end into the meat like a nail. Cloves are often used to enhance the flavor of wild game such as venison, wild boar and rabbit. They are popular in North Africa and the Middle East.
INTERESTING FACT: The Chinese documented the use of cloves as early aw 200 BC where courtiers kept cloves in their mouths to avoid offending the emperor while addressing him. Cloves contain 15-20% essential oil which is mostly Eugenol which is a very strong antiseptic. Clove oil is often applied directly to an aching tooth, bringing immediate relief. Compounded with zinc oxide, it has been used in dentistry as a temporary tooth filling. It is a strong stimulant and carminative and used to treat nausea, indigestion and digestive disorders.