Originating in Indonesia, cloves are dried flower buds from the clove tree. They are a popular spice that people use in soups, stews, meats, sauces, and rice dishes. Cloves may have various health benefits.

Their name comes from the Latin word clavus, which means nail since the shape of a dried clove resembles that of a nail.


People have used cloves in cooking and traditional medicine for many years, but it is only recently that scientists have begun studying their potential health benefits.

Read on to learn more about potential health benefits, uses, and risks of cloves.

2. White Pepper& Black Pepper.

White Pepper & Black Pepper.

Have you ever noticed that some recipes (like Ree Drummond’s pepper-parmesan biscuits and lemon-pepper grilled rib-eyes) call for black pepper, while others (like this white chicken chili) specify that you should use white pepper? Pepper is the most widely consumed spice in the world and a central ingredient in many different cuisines, but not all peppers are the same. In the case of white pepper vs. black pepper, one isn’t universally better than the other: The type of pepper you use really just depends on the flavor profile of the dish, the amount of pepper you’re using, and even the final appearance you want to achieve.

Both white and black peppercorns are actually small dried berries from the same pepper plant (Piper nigrum), which is native to India. The difference between white pepper and black pepper has to do with when the berries are harvested and how they are processed. These two processes result in peppercorns that not only look different but also have distinct flavor profiles.