Cloves are largely used as dried whole buds and are used either whole or are ground to provide flavour for both sweet and savory foods. In medicine it is valued as a carminative, aromatic and stimulant. Given its antibacterial properties it is widely used in the dental industry and is also utilized in the perfume industry for its aroma.
With an annual production of approximately 1500 metric tons, Cloves are mainly grown in the mid-country wet zone of Sri Lanka and is harvested from November to March if no crop failures are experienced. The three main grades of Sri Lankan Cloves are Hand Picked Cloves, Cloves Number 1 and Cloves FAQ (Fair to Average Quality)