Whole Cloves have a strong, rich flavor and can be used in a variety of applications, such as with meat stews, desserts, fruit dishes, and beverages. Stud a ham or onion with these and have a delicious meal or a great flavoring in stews.Whole Cloves come from the clove tree that is native to Tanzania. Cloves are flower buds that are harvested before they open and then dried. They have a nail-like, pointed shape, with a rounded end. They are commonly used to flavor hot drinks such as hot apple cider or mulled wine. You will also find whole cloves as a primary ingredient in chai spice mixes.