About Ground Cloves
Cloves are one of the world’s oldest known spices. They have a flavor that is quite intense: bitter, hot, rich and slightly fruity with hints of pepper. Ground clove is generally used sparingly so as not to overpower other flavors. This spice is used in many cultures — from Northern Africa and the Middle East to Mexico, China, India, Greece, Germany, and Russia.
Ground cloves are often paired with other dessert spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. They are a key ingredient in the following spice blends: Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Pumpkin Pie Spice, and Garam Masala.
Clove powder can also be used in savory dishes — sauces, soups, roasted veggies, baked ham, and roasted pork. And of course, when it comes to dessert, cloves are a staple: use them in your recipes for pies, cakes, and cookies along with holiday favorites like gingerbread and eggnog.
Ground cloves vs whole cloves: a good rule to follow — use ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves for every 3 whole cloves when substituting.