Nutmeg

Nutmeg has a warm, nutty, and slightly sweet flavor and is made from the fruit of the nutmeg tree, native to the Banda Islands of Indonesia but also grown in other tropical locations such as Sri Lanka, India, and Grenada. Nutmeg is the hard seed of the fruit, surrounded by a  lacy, reddish covering called mace, which is also used as a spice and has a similar but more delicate and slightly peppery taste.

Net weight: 60 g

    Culinary Use

    Nutmeg is commonly used in sweet dishes such as pies, cakes, gingerbreads cookies and puddings, as well as savory dishes like soups, stews, and sauces. It is one of the four mandatory ingredients of Bechamel sauce. Great addition to potato mash.

    Nutmeg is a common ingredient in spice blends, such as pumpkin spice mix and mulling spices. It is one of the spices in the iconic French Four-Spices blend (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and black pepper), used to flavor stews, wine sauces, and marinades for game meat.

    In small amounts nutmeg is used as a flavoring in some alcoholic beverages, such as vermouth. It is often added to eggnog, chai tea and mulled wine.

    Health Benefits

    In addition to its culinary uses, nutmeg has a long history of medicinal uses. It has been used as a pain reliever, an anti-inflammatory, and an aid for digestion. Nutmeg is a good source of manganese, which is an important mineral for bone health. It is also believed to have psychoactive properties and was used as a hallucinogenic drug in the Middle Ages.

    Paring with other spices

    Nutmeg pairs well with cinnamon, clove, black pepper, allspice, green cardamom, vanilla, parsley, basil, rosemary, and thyme.