Sunday, 5 December 2010

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Cloves/Nellike/丁香[dīngxiāng]




Serving Ideas*:
1. Pierce an onion with whole cloves and add to soups, broths or poaching liquids.

2. Adding ground cloves and curry powder to healthy sautéed onions, garlic and tofu will give this dish an Indian-inspired zest.

3. Impart a warming note to apple cider by adding ground cloves and cinnamon.

4. Spice up fruit compote by adding ground cloves.

* Since cloves have a very intense flavor, especially those that have been ground, care should be taken when deciding how much to use in a recipe so as to not overpower the flavors of the other ingredients.

Nutritional Value:
Cloves are an excellent source of manganese, a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids and a good source of calcium and magnesium.

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Additional Information:
Cloves are native to the Moluccas, formerly known as the Spice Islands of Indonesia. They have been consumed in Asia for more than 2,000 years. Owing to their sweet and fragrant taste, Chinese courtiers dating back to 200 BC would keep them in their mouths in order to freshen their breath when addressing the emperor so as to not offend him.

References:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=69

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