Clove is not a commercial crop in Idukki district and every farmer has a tree or two in their house for their personal consumption. When the clove turns light pinkish from light green in colour it is matured and ready to harvest. Instead of harvesting clove at once, as it is generally done, we harvest it multiple times as it matures to ensure stronger flavour. After manually taking out clove from the tree, it is hand sorted and sun dried (or dried using a dryer). When stored in an air tight opaque container (coloured glass container is preferred), it has a shelf life of few decades. It should not be exposed to moisture in any case. A good quality clove is dark brown in colour and should have a crown (round head) for maximum percentage in a given sample. The litre weight of our clove is around 500 gm/litre.