Clove is used as an antiseptic, in culinary preparations, in pharmaceuticals manufacture, as an ingredient in cigarettes and even in the manufacture of toothpaste. Its multifarious use has given it a prominent place among spices. The East India company brought clove from its native home in Indonesia to company’s spices gardens at Courtallam in Tamil Nadu around 1800 AD. Four of these trees have survived to this day, brining enormous profits to their present owner.
Inducted by the success, clove cultivation was extended after 1850 to the Nilgiris (Burliar), the slopes of the Western Ghats and in the then Travancore state. Now, clove is being cultivated in Nilgiris, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and ramanathapuram districts of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam and Kozhikode districts of Kerala and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka.
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