Ceylon cloves, also known as Sri Lankan cloves, are a type of spice that is grown in Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon. Ceylon cloves are known for their unique flavor profile, which is characterized by a warm, sweet and slightly pungent aroma. It's considered to be a high-quality, premium product, and is sought after by chefs and gourmet food enthusiasts for its unique flavor profile. Ceylon cloves are typically grown in the southern and western parts of Sri Lanka, and it is produced by smallholder farmers. The cloves are harvested from the clove tree when the buds are still unopened and then sun-dried to preserve the flavor. The buds are then sorted and graded based on size and quality. Ceylon cloves are used in a wide variety of dishes and cuisines, from traditional Sri Lankan curries to sweet and savory dishes. It's also used as a common ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine and it's considered to have many health benefits such as relieving digestive problems, and also used as a pain reliever. Ceylon cloves are considered to be a versatile spice, it's used to season a wide variety of dishes and cuisines, from traditional Sri Lankan curries to Western-style stews, soups, and sauces. It's also used in baking, particularly in cakes and pastries, to give a unique flavor and aroma. The clove industry in Sri Lanka has faced many challenges such as the pest attacks, and the decrease of clove cultivation area due to the conversion of land to other crops. However, there are organizations and initiatives that are working to revive the industry and promote sustainable farming practices.