Cloves are one of the original ancient spices, and our first ever product. Naturally, we know them inside out. These Cloves are freshly flown in from the Spice Islands in Zanzibar, or the Spice Islands in Indonesia each season, depending on which had the better climate. Each glows a gorgeous exotic red colour, and adds a flavour like no other cloves can dream to produce. Popular in many high end and simple traditional cooking, cloves can be used almost anywhere to add lovely fruity, peppery and herbal flavours.
Cloves Cooking Notes:
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian, French, Vietnamese, African
Food Pairings: Tagines, sauces, curries, spiced desserts, soups, stir fries, stews, poultry, beef, vegetable dishes
Flavour / Tastes Like Thyme, Pepper, Fruity, Citrus
Serving size: 0.5 grams (powdered) if using as dry spice blend to 2 grams if using whole.
Directions for use: Use spice directly, no need to grind. If you need to grind, then use a pestle and mortar or electric spice grinder.
Cloves Technical Notes:
Quality*: A Grade, Red
Industry Knowledge: Cloves were one of the first globally traded spices, going as far back as 1721 B.C., and are Regency's first ever product, which we began trading with in 1951. Cloves were highly prized in both the West and the Far East, owing to high use by the Romans and the Chinese, which led to it quickly rising to become one of the most expensive spices money could buy. As such, they have a rich history: The Chinese were known to chew them before an audience with the emperor to make sure their breath was fresh; and in the 1600s, the Dutch once tried to gain a monopoly on the trade by controlling as much land containing cloves as they could. Regency's Pemba-origin Cloves rank as the best in terms of taste. They are reddish, long and dry compared to other varieties.
Good quality cloves are fat, oily, and red in colour, and give out their oil when squeezed with the finger-nail. Cloves grown in Madagascar yeild a unique taste, as the clove tree prefers well drained rich soil with sufficient soil moisture throughout the year, meaning heavy sunlight, mildly warm temperatures throughout the year, as well as a good and well-distributed rainfall and high humidity. Tanzanian Cloves add a warm, intense flavour to dishes, even when only a few cloves are used in the cooking process. A single clove is enough to numb the tongue owing to its highly concentrated flavour - making them exceptionally economical to use in tagines, curries, spiced desserts, and a myriad of other complex dishes. Cloves are also one of the essential ingredients to Five Spice Powder.
Also known as Syzygium aromaticum
CLAVO, CLAU, CRAVINHO, CLOVAS, LAUNG, LAVANG, LAVING, KRAMBU, CLOU DE GIROFLE, लौंग, 丁香
*INDUSTRY SPECIFIC TERMINOLOGY.
Please note that our ingredients are 100% natural and processed using traditional methods. As a result there may be some visible imperfections. Our spices will have variations in size and colour due to factors such as the amount of sunlight they received when growing, or the amount of rainfall in a particular season. These differences in appearance are entirely normal, and are the result of not treating them with any chemicals, reducing unnecessary hand selection, and minimizing waste.
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Why buy Regency Herbs and Spices
All Regency spices are fresh, current crop herbs and spices. We pride ourselves on our taste and freshness. Regency's herbs and spices are carefully selected amongst the best varieties in the world each season - only a single variety passes our rigorous testing, and we only sell this one variety. We only sell spices in whole form for fresh grinding to ensure the best flavour and aroma when it reaches your kitchens. As a result, everyone can inspect and admire the natural beauty achieved by us! All our spices and herbs are naturally grown, and processed. They are as pure as spices can get, free from irradiation and other chemical preservation treatments - only possible due to our strict quality control standards at source. We can promise their flavours are fit for even the most royal and picky diners.
We know how hard it is to find top quality, fresh, whole spices worldwide and we have the answer. Through our 60+ years of experience in the industry, we know our spices inside-out and can provide the best tasting varieties attainable worldwide for each of our spices. Tastes are changing, and cooks who seek the absolute best possible for each ingredient know that we can provide it for them - that's why we've been in business for so long! We quickly became the leading shop for buying Indian spices and herbs in Hong Kong, and now have added our extended range of exotic herbs and spices from around the world.
Most importantly, we aim to provide the high quality flavours that existed in traditional times in our spice trade - flavours that have been lost due to mass production, over processing, and cutting corners to keep prices low. We partner with the greatest farmers and suppliers around the world to provide the highest grades achievable in spices. We are also passionate educators within our industry, teaching customers and competitors alike on how to buy and assess the quality of spices, as well as common tricks of the spice trade. Learn more about spices now.