All About Nutmeg & Mace

All About Nutmeg & Mace

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All About Nutmeg & Mace

Myristica fragrans
Plant Family: Myristicaceae
Origin: Native to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia.

- Nutmeg is the seed, and Mace is the aril that covers it.
- Nutmeg grows inside a Drupe that splits open and reveals the Aril around the seed. The Aril is removed (mace) and them the seed is split open to reveal the actual nutmeg.
- Nutmeg is not a nut and does not pose a risk to people with nut allergies. 

- Around the early 1600's nutmeg became an expensive in demand spice in Europe and was the root of conflict that pitted the Portuguese and the Dutch (who controlled trade ) against the English and French who wanted to obtain fertile seeds for transplantation. 
- Because of this the nutmeg trees and seeds were closely guarded and those sold whole were dipped in lime to prevent them from being planted elsewhere.

- Nutmeg and Mace are used everywhere in Savoury and sweet dishes. It’s sprinkled on veggies, put in haggis and pumpkin pie.

- Whole nuts are preferable to ground nutmeg, as flavour deteriorates quickly. Whole nuts will keep indefinitely and can be grated as required. 

- Mace works especially well with milk dishes like custards and cream sauces. 
- It enhances and accentuates other spices.

- Mashed potato and other root vegetables can be given an incredible lift with nutmeg. 

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