You will find the taste and aroma are incredibly intense in our clove. In fact, its flavour can be overpowering in even the smallest amount. The taste is hot, firm, and sweet with bitter undernotes and astringent. The size is uniform, unbroken, matured, carefully dried, unopened, and nail-shaped. The distinct and undeniable warmth flavour will instantly generate a hot sensation in the mouth. This spice is simply that intense!
A brief History about this Boss of spice
It is one of the World’s Most Powerful Flavors. In Asia, Clove has a history of culinary usage for more than 2,000 years. It quickly gained popularity as it reached other parts of the world. Today, it is an essential flavour component in many traditional dishes among a variety of cultures. Indonesia continues to be the leading producer of cloves along with India, Madagascar, Tanzania and Sri Lanka.
Did you know how a clove can relieve a toothache?
A High-quality clove contains 15-20% essential oil. The characteristic flavour of cloves mainly comes from the aromatic compound “eugenol” which comprises above 85% of the essential oil composition. Eugenol is a natural anaesthetic present in it, so traditionally Laung acts as a component to numb and reduces toothache pain.
From East of Asia to West in the USA, it has a global appeal in various cuisines. In our country, Clove is an essential element for Garam Masala.
Difference Between Whole vs Ground Cloves?
The whole clove is a better option for culinary practices compared to the Powdered ones. It contains far more flavour and aroma. The whole form also gives a longer shelf life than ground clove powder. It will stay fresh for up to a year when stored in a cool, dry place in an airtight container.
You can easily make the grounded laung from the whole one in a home grinder or a mixer. When you use it as a powder, please be mindful. Even a small amount of Laung powder can bring an incredibly intense flavour. This you should remember particularly when you instantly ground it for usages. So be wise when deciding how much to use in a recipe as even a little goes a long way!
Clove & Wellness
Chinese people used Clove in cooking, perfumery, medicine, and as an oral antiseptic. We still use Laung as a natural mouth freshener. It is an important element for natural medicinal practices in Ayurveda.
In short, with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, Laung helps improve digestion and reduce inflammation. Clove also contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, manganese, and fibre.
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