Native to the remote Maluku Islands in Indonesia, these closed buds bloom from an evergreen tree and are plucked when they turn a bright red. Once dried, they become dark and brittle. Essential for chai tea, cloves are a also a key ingredient in garam masala and many Indian dishes. You can throw whole cloves into rice, or bake with lamb and beans for a delighful dish. This spice is also perfect for holiday recipes like fruit pies, baked cakes, and sweet potatoes.