Burlap and Barrel Tanzanian Pemba Cloves

These organic sun-dried cloves are grown by a cooperative of small artisan farms in the islands of Zanzibar and come from some of the oldest clove trees in the world. Burlap and Barrel is the only U.S. importer of cloves from Zanzibar, which was once the world's largest producer of the spice but has been overshadowed by industrial farms that utilize plantation-style cultivation. Hand-picked and hand-sorted for consistently high quality and peak freshness, Pemba cloves have a lighter, more floral aroma and uniquely fruity flavor compared to the woody, earthier notes of conventional cloves. And because Zanzibari cloves have a significantly higher percentage of essential oils than other varieties, these distinct characteristics are even more pronounced.

New York-based Burlap and Barrel is the sole U.S. importer of Tanzanian spices. The company sources high-quality ingredients with an emphasis on sustainability and accountability, values that directly lead them to small producers whose spices are uniquely flavored because they remain untouched by industrial agriculture systems. These organic single-origin products from the Zanzibar archipelago have a light, nuanced flavor and delicate aroma that results from their surrounding island terroir. They are unlike any baking spices we have ever tasted.

Because Burlap and Barrel's Organic Pemba Cloves are so fresh, they pack a ton of flavor when they are ground. Use them to intensify the aroma of savory recipes such as our Indian Lentils with Spiced Oil (Tarka Dal) or Punjabi Chickpeas with Potato (Chole). Their fruity-floral characteristics can also add dimension to Colombian Braised Beef, our version of Posta Negra. On the sweet side, Pemba Cloves pair perfectly with citrus; try them in Sherry-Soaked French Toast, made with orange juice and zest, or simmered with the orange peel in our Orange-Clove Crème Fraîche Ice Cream. We also love these cloves in beverages, whether steeped whole with black tea and orange zest or ground up in a creamy Coquito, a traditional Puerto Rican cocktail.

  • Net Weight: 1.4 oz
  • Ingredients: 100 % EU-certified organic whole cloves
  • Allergens: Naturally free of preservatives, fillers, anything artificial, gluten, soy, egg, dairy, and nuts. 
  • Certifications: Organic
  • Place of Origin: Zanzibar Islands, Tanzania