The unopened flower of the Evergreen Clove tree, cloves have a hard exterior and are packed full of essential oils. They've been used throughout history as breath fresheners and are even used today as a seasoning to mask the flavors of spoiled food. Sold in almost every supermarket, cloves can be an easy food to add into your diet. Interesting tidbit: cloves contain a class of chemical compounds called phenyl-propanoids that give them their sweet and pleasant aromatic fragrances.

Selection Process

Buy the whole cloves over powder, as they will retain more nutrients and have a stronger flavor. To test for clove quality, place whole cloves in water. Those that are fresh will float vertically and those that are stale will sink or float horizontally. If you can't find cloves at your supermarket, try your local ethnic market in the spice section.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tbsp (6.5 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 17.8

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.8g 1.3%

Saturated Fat 0.3g 1.3%

Trans Fat 0.0g

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 18.0mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 4.3g 1.4%

Dietary Fiber 2.2g 8.8%

Sugars 0.2g

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 0.4g

Vitamin A 0.2% Vitamin C 0.0%
Calcium 4.1% Iron 4.3%
Vitamin D 0.0% Vitamin E 1.9%
Vitamin K 11.5% Thiamin 0.7%
Riboflavin 0.8% Niacin 0.5%
Vitamin B-6 1.3% Folate 0.4%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Panto. acid 0.3%
Phosphorus 0.7% Magnesium 4.2%
Zinc 1.0% Selenium 0.7%
Copper 1.2% Manganese 195.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.