MADAGASCAR. Native to Moluccas, the Spice Islands, Cloves are the dried bud of a tropical evergreen tree. The penetrating, sweet and pungent flavor intensifies upon standing. Ground cloves is essential in spice cakes, gingerbread and gingersnap cookies. Use ground cloves in biscuits, pies and puddings. Add flavor with cloves to punch, coffee, hot chocolate and wassail. Ground cloves add richness to barbecue and chili sauces, soup, gravy and marinades.