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The word Clove is derived from the word “clou” which means nail.
The clove trade between Ternate and China goes back at least 2500 years. Ancient Chinese used cloves in cooking, in the preparation of medicines, and as a deodorizing breath “mint” – anyone wishing to speak with the Emperor (e.g., 3rd century B.C.E., Han Dynasty) first had to chew cloves to prevent any undesired bad breath.