Whole cloves are aromatic flower buds that come from the clove tree, scientifically known as Syzygium aromaticum. These buds are harvested before they open and are dried to preserve their rich flavor and aroma. Cloves are widely used as a spice and have been a part of various cuisines and traditional medicines for centuries.
In cooking, whole cloves are often used to add flavor and aroma to both savory and sweet dishes. They are commonly used in spice blends, such as garam masala and pumpkin spice, and are also used to infuse flavors into beverages like mulled wine or spiced tea. Whole cloves are frequently used in pickling, braising, and slow-cooking recipes, as their strong flavor mellows out during the cooking process.