As always I search for other ways to help the body heal and this year this blog will be on spices.
The history of spice is simply fascinating. Did you know that wars were fought over spices and empires were lost over them? The truth is that in 2600 BCE spices were always recognized as powerful medicine. Not only do they add excitement to our plates and palates but they promote health in a powerful ways. Here is a spice that is worth adding to your culinary adventure.
Clove come the Latin word clavus, meaning nail, because cloves resemble nails. A clove is the still-closed bud from an evergreen that flowers twice a year. Growing and harvesting cloves is tricky because it has to be picked by hand at precisely the right time.
In the ancient imperial court of china, during the Han Dynasty, no one was allowed to speak to the emperor without a clove in his mouth. The French stud onions with cloves to add aroma to stocks and stews. Germans add it to their pot roast. The British put cloves in Christmas pudding and apple tart.
Benefits of clove
- Aids in digestion
- Protect liver against infections
- Gives relief from inflammation and pain
- Boost immune system
- Help to control blood sugar levels
- Beneficial in preserving bone density
- Help to heal gum disease like gingivitis and periodontitis
- Mosquito repellant
- Anti parasitic
- Prevent herpes
- Help hepatitis C
Clove pairs well with these spices:
- Star anise
- Apple pie
- Pickled eggs
- Red cabbage
- Stewed fruits
My favorite Recipes
While your cook your artichokes, add a few cloves and slice lemon to the water.
Have a cup of mulled wine or cider and a seat by the fire. It’s a combination that’s hard to beat on a cold winter night.
- 2 cinnamon sticks broken in small pieces
- 6 whole nutmegs chopped
- 1/3 cup dried orange peel
- 1/3 dried lemon peel
- ¼ whole allspice
- ¼ cup cloves
- 1 tbsp chopped crystallized ginger
Combine all ingredients, use 1 tbsp per person and wrap in a cheese cloth. Secure the bag tightly. Put in the wine or cider and bring to a simmer. Let the liquid rest for 10 minutes. Remove the spices bag and serve.
Put more spice in your life to prolong and enjoy it!
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