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Where do cloves come from?

Cloves are the dried, unopened flower buds of the tropical clove tree. The  spicy cloves your mother uses when she bakes ham come from the dried flower buds of the clove tree, an evergreen tree which grows in the Spice Islands and some other tropical lands. Cloves look much like little nails.  In fact, the …

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Why do onions make my eyes water?

Onions contain a mildly stimulating oil.  This oil readily forms a vapor (gas) which escapes when the onion is cut.  It not only gives the onion its sharp odor, but also irritates the eye.  The eye reacts by producing a flow of tears to wash away the pungent stuff the onion gives off. When you …

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