Monday, August 8, 2011

Love, Glove, Dove,….Clove?

That’s a weird pronunciation….clove?!  Regardless on how ridiculous it sounds pronounced, this Wheat Wednesday will debut a Clove Wheat beer at 4PM.  Not sure you are familiar with the clove spice?  Learn more from these interesting trivial facts:

  • Cloves are used as an aromatic spice but are technically the flower bud from a very tall evergreen tree.
  • Until modern times, cloves only grew on the Maluku Islands, otherwise known as the “spice islands". 
  • The characteristic aroma comes from Eugenol, approximately 15% of the bud is comprised of this chemical
  • Western medicine has used clove for dental pain, so many people associate the smell of clove with the dentist
  • Chinese medicine has many many uses for cloves including: aroma therapy, impotence, and morning sickness
  • The clove tree can grow upwards of 24-36 feet tall
  • The word “clove” comes from the French word “clou” which means “nail”.  The shape of the whole clove bud is remarkably close in shape to a nail.
  • Used in cooking as both “whole” and “ground”

And how about additional uses for clove (besides beer):

  • Christmas time potpourri usually mixed with oranges
  • clove cigarettes (technically can’t be called cigarettes in US after 2009)
  • incense
  • used in many Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican dishes
  • breath mint
  • studding pork
  • still used in medicines
  • gingerbread
  • mulled wines
  • sweet pumpkin pie
  • used with pickling fruits and vegetables
  • key ingredient in Worcestershire sauce

The list is definitely endless.  I always remember seeing the bud in mixes of potpourri and so usually associate the spice with that.  Since  Siebel (studying Bavarian Hefeweizens), I have learned to recognize the Eugenol compound much easier as well in this style of beer.  Do you have any favor recipes that use Clove?


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