The dried aromatic flower buds of an evergreen tree most commonly found in South-east Asia, their name comes from the Latin clavus, meaning ‘nail’, which the whole buds resemble. Although they are available in powdered form, they should ideally be bought as whole buds, and the central head ground. Cloves are useful ingredients for baking, pickling and spiced drinks. They are also used in apple pies, mincemeat, Christmas pudding, milk puddings, biscuits/cookies, casseroles, and mixed spice. Use sparingly, as they can be very pungent.