Contrary to the name, the origin of the clove (Syzygium aromaticum L.) is in the Maluku Islands, in Indonesia, as well as the nutmeg. Another coincidence is that the old scientific name of the carnation, Eugenia caryophyllata Thunb means “leaf walnut”. Clove is know has Kanafuru or Kanafiri in Nigeria.
The spice is also known as cloves. In other languages, nomenclatures are caryophylli (Latin), clavo (Spanish), clove (English), garòfano d'India (Italian) and clou de girofle (French).
The first report of the use of cloves was in China. There, it was known as ting hiang and its use was as a condiment, medication, incense and perfumes. In the Chinese Hang dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), the seeds of the carnation were taken to the Island of Java. There, the inhabitants chewed the spice before speaking to the emperor.
Like nutmeg, cloves were invaluable. The Portuguese conquered the Moluccan Islands in the 16th century, colonized the place and monopolized the spice. The Portuguese lost their monopoly to the Dutch. Englishmen also dominated the cultivation, extraction and commerce, as well as the French, the last ones to explore the spice.
At the beginning of the 19th century, cloves began to be planted in tropical regions. Its tree is 12 meters high. The clove plant needs drained soil and rich in organic matter. The fertilization can be tanned manure, organic matter or humus placed in the soil under a depth of 60 meters.
Cloves have been used as a medicinal plant for over 2,000 years. Indian Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese Medicine and Western herbal medicine use spice in many treatments. In Chinese medicine, for example, blackhead strengthens kidneys, stomach and spleen.
Still in China, there is a belief in the aphrodisiac action of the spice. This fame is justified by eugenol, a component that represents 70% of essential oil, and also by the numerous nutrients: iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium, zinc and vitamins A, B6, B9, C, E and K Know the benefits of cloves and understand why it is important to include them in your life.
Alleviates flu and cold symptoms
Flavonoids and eugenol and other oils present in cloves improve inflammation in general, especially in the throat. Spice tea eliminates mucus in the guarantee and coughs cease. To make tea, place 1 clove in a cup of boiled water. After 10 minutes, strain and consume without sweetening. Drink a maximum of 3 servings a day.
The Chinese were not wrong. The clove is an aphrodisiac! Vitamin E stimulates the production of sex hormones, increasing libido. The spice also improves blood circulation, an important factor for sex. Taking 3 cups of clove tea can increase the sexual disposition of men and women. Check out the recipe:
- 2 cloves;
- 2 pieces of cinnamon;
- 2 teaspoons of peeled and cut ginger;
- 1 orange;
- 2 ½ cups of water.
Boil ginger, cinnamon and cloves for 15 minutes. Put out the fire, squeeze the orange and add a little honey. Have hot tea. The recommended dose is 2 cups daily.
Strengthens bones and muscles
Manganese and magnesium improve calcium reception. Therefore, clove strengthens bones and prevents wear and tear, preventing arthritis and osteoporosis. The spice also has potassium, a nutrient that prevents cramps. Those who practice physical activity should consume blackheads to help in post-workout muscle recovery.
Relieves PMS symptoms
Women, include cloves in your diet! The spice has magnesium which helps to reduce the irritability typical of the period, as it is a natural relaxant.
Protects the digestive system
The bitter taste of clove and eugenic and crategolic acids facilitate digestion. The spice even relaxes the muscles involved in digestion. Tea made only with water and cloves relieves stomach upset, indigestion, nausea and constipation.
The oils eugenol, vanillin, beta-karyophyllene and crategolic acid keep the mouth healthy. Chewing cloves after meals helps to improve breath. Eating the spice also relieves dental pain and relieves bleeding gums. The power of the clove is such that there are several toothpastes with cloves in the formulation.
More beautiful hair, skin and nail
The benefits of cloves for hair are the action of magnesium, which stimulates the production of collagen. This protein is important to give health to hair, skin and nails. To strengthen the hair, put 10 cloves in your favorite shampoo, shake well and use after 2 days for the cosmetic to incorporate the properties of the clove. For nails, mix cloves and olive oil in a jar and apply the mixture on the nails. For the skin, clove essential oil softens pimples and stretch marks.
Chewing cloves is thinner because the spice speeds up metabolism. This action stimulates the production of fluids involved in digestion. Clove tea with ginger also helps and has the power to “dry the belly. Place a clove, 3 pieces of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of grated ginger in 1 liter of boiling water. Do not sugar and drink after 5 minutes. Another recipe that fuels metabolism is the combination of cloves and flaxseeds.
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF CLOVE
Pregnant women cannot use the spice. The clove aborts , as it causes uterine contractions. Consumption is also prohibited during breastfeeding. Children under 6 and people with gastrointestinal or neurological disorders are also prevented. People outside these conditions need to be careful not to apply essential oil to mucous membranes, especially when irritated. In excess, the oil causes skin irritations.
HOW TO USE CLOVES?
The culinary use of cloves dates back to the Middle Ages. At the time, the spice served to flavor and decorate the dishes. During the reign of Ricardo II, it was the base of Hippocras , a mulled wine consumed exclusively by royalty. The clove India enhances the flavor of savory and sweet. It can be used to prepare stews, broths, breads, pies, cakes, liqueurs, wines and ponches. The main use of spice in Europe is for meats. In Nigeria, following custom, cloves are found in sweet recipes.
RECIPES WITH CLOVES
CLOVE SAUCE WITH CHILI PEPPER
- 1 coffee spoon of cloves;
- 1 chili pepper;
- ½ cup of tomato sauce;
- ½ cup of oil tea;
- ½ cup of vinegar tea;
- 1 coffee spoon of salt;
- 2 garlic cloves.
Beat the cloves, vinegar, salt, garlic, tomato sauce and black pepper in a blender for 1 minute. With the blender on, add the garlic and beat some more. Use the meat sauce.
FILET MIGNON WITH CLOVE SAUCE
- 800 grams of filet mingon;
- 1 teaspoon of crushed cloves;
- 1 tablespoon of corn starch;
- ½ cup of red wine;
- 2 chopped garlic cloves;
- 2 carrots;
- 4 potatoes;
- Black pepper, salt and goto water.
Pass the fillets in seasonings and half the wine. Place the meat on a baking sheet, put it in the oven until it is done. Remove the fillets from the pan and leave the sauce. Use the rest of the wine to dissolve the corn starch. Place it on the baking sheet, stir until it thickens, add the cloves and set aside. Cut the carrots and potatoes into slices and cook them only with water and salt. Place the fillets in an ovenproof dish and pour over the sauce. Serve with rice.
BOWL OF CLOVES AND CINNAMON
- 4 cloves;
- 4 cinnamon sticks;
- Cinnamon for sprinkling;
- 1 can of condensed milk;
- Milk in the same measure as condensed milk.
Beat the milk and condensed milk in a blender. Transfer to a pan and add the cinnamon and cloves. Leave on the fire until boiling. Distribute in bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- 3 cups of wheat flour;
- ½ teaspoon of powdered cloves ;
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder;
- ½ teaspoon of nutmeg;
- ½ cup of brown sugar tea;
- 1 tablespoon of grated ginger;
- ½ cup of molasses;
- 2 eggs.
Beat the butter manually at room temperature with the sugar. Add the molasses and continue to beat. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Cover with foil and let stand for 1 hour. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin and shape as desired. Grease the pan with butter, line with parchment paper and place the cookies. Bake in oven preheated to 180 o until golden brown.
FAKE GREEN CORN PORRIDGE
- 6 shallow tablespoons of corn starch;
- ½ kg of pumpkin pumpkin;
- 1 package of cloves;
- Cinnamon powder;
- 1 can of condensed milk;
- 1 liter of milk;
- 1 tablespoon of butter;
- 1 pinch of salt.
Peel the pumpkin and cut into medium pieces. Put it in the water, add the cloves and cook a little. Beat in a blender with ½ liter of milk, cornstarch, condensed milk, butter and salt. Bring to the heat with the rest of the milk and bring to a boil until released from the pan. Place in an ovenproof dish or bowls. Serve hot or chilled after 12 hours in the refrigerator. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Are you not used to using cloves? We're sure you changed your mind after this article. The spice is found in supermarkets and physical health food stores and local markets. go after it!