Cloves are native to Southeast Asia and were an important commodity in the spice trade. Cloves are the dried bud of an evergreen tree. Cloves go well with many other spices. In some dishes, such as chicken soup and beef stew, Cloves should be used sparingly to provide an undertone. In other dishes, like gingerbread, spice cake, mulled wine and marinades, the flavor of Clove can be allowed center stage.