The Clove tree (Caryophylus C.) is an evergreen which grows to a height ranging from 8 to 12m, having large square leaves and sanguine flowers in numerous groups of terminal clusters. The flower buds are at first of a pale color and gradually become green, after which they develop into bright red, when they are ready for collecting. Cloves are harvested when 1.5 to 2 cm long, and consist of a long calyx, terminating in four spreading sepals, and four unopened petals which form a small ball in the center. Cloves are strong, pungent, and sweet.

Ground Cloves add spicy depth to gingerbread, cookies, muffins, cakes, and other sweets. It’s secret ingredient in barbecue and cocktail sauces. Sri Lanka Cloves command a premium price in the world market for its quality and consistency.


  1. Special (Hand Picked / Selected)
  2. Grade 1


Characteristics H/P Grade 1
Headless Cloves % by Mass, Max 2.0 N/A
Cloves Below 10 mm in length % by Mass 1.0 N/A
Cloves Stems & Fruits % by Mass 0.2 2.0
Fermented Cloves % by Mass 0.5 2.0
Extraneous Matter % by Mass 0.2 0.5
Moisture percent by mass. Max 12.0 12.0

As Per CS 186:1973 Sri Lankan Standard Test Methods for spices & condiments.


Cloves (Hand Picked) are initially packed in poly bags and then inserted in to corrugated cartons, with each carton weighing approximately 30 to 35Kgs. Cloves Grade 1/FAQ is packed in 50 Kgs gunny bags.

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