The crude oil extracted from the leaves, bud and stem of this plant from the Myrtaceae family is steam distilled at the farms and further processed at our facilities to produce various grades of clove oil and its derivatives.
Clove trees are indigenous to Indonesia. Indonesia is also the largest consumer of clove bud, which is primarily used in the kretek cigarette industry. Due to this demand, farmers are using the remaining components of the clove tree to produce leaf and stem oils and their derivatives.
Clove trees thrive well under open conditions at high altitudes where there is a fair distribution of rainfall. Seedlings are planted in the centre of the pits during May and June at the onset of the monsoon and watered regularly.
Within Indonesia Java produces around 70% of all clove whilst Sulawesi has a growing 30% contribution.
Clove has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. The clove flower has powerful antiseptic qualities making it ideal for all kinds of treatment for cuts, bruises, bites and even fungal infections.
It is heavily used across the dentistry industry for its germicidal properties. As it has a numbing effect it can be used as a mild anaesthetic during procedures or to cure tooth and gum pain. You often smell clove in the air when visiting the dentist.
Clove is also used throughout the aromatherapy world, often to relieve the symptoms of stress as it is a know relaxant. It is also found in blends to aid restful sleep and for those with mild depressions.
The recent clove bud harvest was a largely successful one in Indonesia. The biggest consumer of these spice grade buds is the cigarette/kretek producers. Most of the volume gets picked up by them and the traders exporting the spice worldwide. Van Aroma has the advantage of having its own distillation right at the source of the clove plantation and has stocked 600-700 tonnes of buds right at source to ensure a steady supply throughout the year. Given that we are close to the end of clove bud harvest, we expect the prices of clove bud oil to remain stable for another month, after which it may start rising in line with other clove derivatives.
Market prices USD 25.50 /kilo
Supplies of clove leaf are stable and the dry season is helping it remain as such. Farmers and distillers are focusing more on the leaves and stem for distillation as we are past the clove bud harvest. The prices have bottomed out for the most part and we do not anticipate them going down further. It is a good time to book quantities now as we expect prices to work their way up in the coming weeks.
Market prices USD 16.00 -18.00 /kilo
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