MADAGASCAR. Native to Moluccas the Spice Islands, Cloves are the dried bud of a tropical evergreen tree. The penetrating, sweet and pungent flavor of cloves intensifies upon standing. Cloves adds richness to savory foods. Use whole cloves to flavor cooking liquids for fish, poultry, game or meat. Stud a baked ham with whole cloves for sensational presentation and flavor. Push whole cloves into a citrus fruit and create a fragrant pomander. Add whole cloves to mulled wine, cider, baked apples or spiced fruit.