Savor the season: Ginger, nutmeg, cloves & cinnamon


These gems got their name from their shape—“clove” comes from the Latin word for “nail.” They are handpicked from the flowers of an evergreen tree found in Indonesia. They provide an intense flavor and can even cause a numbing sensation in the mouth due to the spice’s aromatic compound, eugenol.

Cloves are rich in antioxidants. In fact, among spices, it’s one of the highest in polyphenols and antioxidants. Because of its numbing powers—eugenol is like a natural anesthetic—it’s added to mouthwashes and other healthcare products. Cloves also have some anti-inflammatory properties and may help with issues like tooth pain and possibly even managing blood sugar.