Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are the dried aromatic flower buds used in Western and Thai as well as Lao cuisine. Originally they came from the Maluku Islands in Indonesia but are nowadays also grown in Thailand, Laos and other tropical countries. At Discovery Garden Pattaya and Nong Khai we have clove and nutmeg plants on display and for sale.
In the 16th century the Maluku Islands (also called Spice Islands) in Indonesia had a monopoly on cloves (and nutmeg) since those plants are native there and were not grown anywhere else in the world.
But in the 18th century that well kept and precious monopoly fell and cloves are grown in many tropical countries, including Thailand and Laos.
The clove tree can grow to heights of 8 to 12 meters and never sheds the leaves.
The clove trees typically flower after three or four years in the ground. The flower buds first are quite pale and yellow, then become green and are harvested when they have turned red.
The carefully dried clove buds are a bit oily and are widely used in Western and Eastern cuisine as a refined spic. Typically the hard cloves are drilled into peeled onions that are cooked in gravies to add an intensive kind of taste.
In Indonesia the local cigarettes are also flavored with cloves. And in traditional medicine cloves are used as painkillers. A tooth ache can be eased by chewing a clove for relief.
If you are looking for clove or nutmeg trees in Thailand or Laos you can buy them at our Discovery Garden outlets in Pattaya or Nong Khai where they are also on display. If you want to inquire about any trees or plants for sale send us a mail: [email protected]
We often can deliver all our plants to your location in Thailand or Laos.