Clove of commerce is the dried, fully grown but still unopened flower buds of
the evergreen tree Syzygium aromaticum of the family Myrtaceae. Cloves are
one of the highly prized spices, widely recognized all over the world for their
medicinal and culinary qualities. At their early stages of development, flower
buds are pale in color which gradually turn into green, and, finally, develop
into bright-red clove buds at the time of harvesting. Cloves are known for its
antiseptic and soothing properties as well as for its unique flavor, and it is safe
to say the taste of cloves is like no other taste in the world.