Like the history of many spices, team KHAYAAL takes you through the history of clove which goes back many centuries. In fact, this spice was one of the first to be traded and evidence of clove have been found in vessels dating as far back as 1721 BC. Throughout history it has been highly sought-after by buyers, from the street markets of ancient Rome to the narrow souks of the Arabian peninsula.
The spice gets its name from the French word, "clou", which means nail, as many have remarked on how much clove looks like nail. Locally called as 'laung' in Hindi, 'lavang' in Gujarati or 'kirambu' in Tamil, folklore has it that sucking in two full cloves without chewing or swallowing them helps to control the desire for consuming alcohol.
Clove has been traditionally used to overwhelm a dish. In Asian cooking, both in the India subcontinent and in the South East Asia, cloves are an essential spice used especially to flavour curries especially to flavor curries and to lend taste and aroma to rice.
Equally as important as its culinary uses are its medicinal properties. India's long-established Ayurvedic healers have used clove ever since ancient times to take care of respiratory and digestive orders.
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