Cloves are the flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen also known as 'Syzygium aromaticum'. Cloves are a popular spice that people use in soups, meats, sauces, and rice dishes. Studies show that cloves promote oral health, thanks to their antimicrobial properties, which may help kill harmful bacteria. You can easily incorporate ground cloves into many dishes. They’ll bring a warm, distinctive flavor to desserts, curries or chutneys.