Clove at the Heart of Village Life
Back from Madagascar, 2024
A light and infectious atmosphere of joy prevails in this place. Families engage in the sorting of cloves while taking the opportunity to converse with their neighbors. The latest news is shared, and lively discussions about ongoing harvests fill the air.
Clove Buds, Precious Floral Buds
It takes approximately 7 years for a clove tree to start bearing fruit. Cloves are the dried floral buds of this plant. Harvesting requires a certain level of agility, as the tree can grow up to 20 meters tall.
The harvest begins when the floral buds turn slightly red, just before they bloom. Harvesting is exclusively done by hand. Afterward, the cloves are sun-dried on mats and regularly turned to prevent fermentation. Following the drying process, they are hand-sorted and graded.
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