Native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, today’s cloves are also grown in tropical Southeast Asia and Africa. McCormick Gourmet carefully harvests their organic whole cloves before drying and grinding them for the freshest flavor. Cloves are intensely aromatic with a sweet, warm flavor. It pairs with other sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in holiday recipes for pumpkin pie and gingerbread. Cloves add warm spiciness to hot cider, mulled wine and chai tea. In savory dishes, the subtle sweet taste of cloves complements glazed ham, winter squash and baked beans. Cloves are essential in North Indian and Sri Lankan cooking, appearing in garam masala and rice biryanis. The flavor of cloves can be pungent so a pinch is often all you need.