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Oil of Cloves: The Benefits of Eugenol

A Sunday ham would be incomplete without a neat array of cloves studding its surface and giving it a spicy flavor. Years ago, however, people used cloves—the dried flower buds of the tropical tree Syzygium aromaticum—more to preserve food than to season it. Clove oil is made up of between 80 to 95 percent eugenol, which is largely responsible for cloves’ ability to keep food ...

C. Leigh Broadhurst, Ph.D., James A. Duke and Ph.D.

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