Clove | 丁子

It is one of the raw materials for incense, and is read as "CHOUJI".

One of the raw materials for incense, it is read as "kakko" and its English name is "patchouli patchouli" which is also used in essential oil.

It is made by drying the stems and leaves of a perennial plant of the Perillaceae family. It has a less bitter taste than the essential oil patchouli, and its fragrance is not peculiar. It is also used as a raw material for incense to bring out other fragrances. It has a bactericidal effect and is used in Chinese medicine for stomach and cold remedies.

It is often used in perfumes as an exotic oriental fragrance, and the scent of ink rubbed on an inkstone is reminiscent of a "Japanese fragrance.

Attributes: Leaf and stem
Place of origin: Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, China, Africa 

Characteristics: Fresh and sweet

Photo courtesy: OSAGAWA NISABUROU SHOTEN

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香原料の一つで、「ちょうじ」と読みます。

フトモモ科の常緑香木の花蕾で、花は多数の雄しべを持ち、強い芳香があります。名前の由来は、チョウジノキの開花直前の花蕾を乾燥させたもので、その釘に似た形状に模して丁字と呼ばれます。

代表的スパイスで料理にもよく使われる「クローブ」というとほとんどの方がわかると思います。防腐剤や健胃にも効果があります。紀元前からギリシアや漢に知られ、日本では正倉院御物にみられます。

属性部位:花蕾
産地:インド、マレーシア、インドネシア、東アフリカ 
香りの特徴:スパイシー

香原料写真提供:長川仁三郎商店

It is one of the raw materials for incense, and is read as "chouji".

It is a flower bud of an evergreen fragrant tree of the pteridophyceae family. The flower has many stamens and has a strong fragrance. Its name comes from the dried flower buds just before flowering, and it is called "Dingji" in imitation of its nail-like shape.

Most people will recognize it as "clove," a typical spice and often used in cooking. It is also an antiseptic and stomachic. It has been known to the Greeks and Han Chinese since B.C. In Japan, it can be found in the Shoso-in relics.

Attribute part: Flower bud
Place of origin: India, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Africa 
Aroma characteristics: Spicy

Photo of fragrant raw materials courtesy of Nagakawa Nisaburo Store