Cloves are dried flower buds that come from trees in the Myrtaceae family. These Myrtaceae trees, which are actually a type of evergreen, are native to the Maluku islands of Indonesia. Cloves are known for being very aromatic which makes them a popular ingredient in perfume, cosmetics, and home fragrance products. They also have a delicious spicy flavor similar to that of cinnamon which makes them popular for baking, cooking, and - of course - tea.
One of the most common types of tea blends that contains cloves is chai. Chai tea is a spiced blend that originated in India. Its original use was as a natural remedy used by those who practiced Ayurveda, a holistic ancient medical practice. The tea is now popular world wide and is one of the most loved drinks for the fall and winter seasons because of its warm and cozy taste. In addition to cloves and black tea, most chai teas also include cinnamon, ginger, anise, peppercorn, and nutmeg.
Cloves have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which can provide amazing health benefits when used in tea. One of the most common benefits to come from these properties is pain relief. Cloves are known for helping with minor ailments such as headaches, toothaches, and sore muscles.
Cloves also contain important nutrients including fiber, manganese, and vitamin K. They have antimicrobial properties that can kill bacteria and boost your immune system. Lastly, cloves also contain a natural compound called eugenol which acts as an antioxidant.
As mentioned earlier, cloves have a delicious spicy taste that is similar to cinnamon and other baking spices. The spicy taste is very strong, but it is underlined with a soft sweetness. The flavor profile of clove can make any tea delicious at any time of the year, but most clove teas peak in popularity during the fall and winter. Some of our favorite Hackberry teas that include cloves are:
Warm Vanilla Chai: Imagine taking the perfect black tea and the best Chai spices. Then think of adding smooth vanilla. Steep it all a little on the strong side with some milk. My mouth is watering already.
Cinnamon Ginger Oolong Chai: Cozy up to this Indian inspired blend of Oolong tea, savory Chai spices, and cocoa nibs. Your first sip will instantly leave you feeling calm and grounded.
Orange Almond Spice Rooibos: A delightful blend of orange and holiday spice is beautifully blended with the sweet, nutty flavors of our rooibos tea. Citrus adds the perfect brightness to the warm and zesty taste of ginger and cloves.
Get Well Now Green: This restorative blend of green tea is combined with clove, ginger, licorice, and fennel to promote a healthy immune system. Rich in antioxidants, this health-focused tea is the best accompaniment on a sick day!
Written by Kourtney Camm