One-eighth of a teaspoon of whole cloves can be used in place of 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves. These measurements can be slightly adjusted according to taste.
Whole cloves may have a stronger flavor than ground cloves. Whole cloves are so strong that oil from the clove can be squeezed out easily. The seasoning is spicy and can be quite rich, so clove heads are often removed before the spice is grounded for a more mild flavor. Cloves have antioxidant properties and an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The spice can also be used as a natural treatment for toothaches.