Cloves are a tree's aromatic dried flower buds in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and are used as a spice in cuisines worldwide. Cloves are harvested primarily in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. They have a numbing effect on mouth tissues. In Indian cuisine, cloves are known as Laung or Lavang.