“I had a little nut tree, nothing would it bear;
But a silver nutmeg
, and a golden pear.”
Nutmeg comes from an evergreen tree native to the Spice Islands near Indonesia, but has been cultivated throughout the tropics by both native cultures and foreign. Not only did native cultures find use for them in cuisine and medicine, nutmeg caused a fervor for the English, Dutch, Chinese, Indians, and pretty much anyone else who came in contact with it.
Nutmeg is the nut from the Myristica fragrans tree. The fruit surrounding the nut is often candied or turned into preserves, or juiced and turned into a “nutmeg” syrup. The aril around the nutmeg is the spice we call mace. Nutmeg, however, is the primary harvest.
Ground nutmeg powder is used when whole nutmeg is unavailable, or when you need copious amounts of it. Add to cream sauces, braises, pilafs, cakes, or near anything else.
A note: Nutmeg contains myristicin, a substance with psychoactive properties, but that also is used to treat depression. While toxic in large quantities, it would require a person to consume many tablespoons of ground nutmeg powder for it to become so. In the tiny quantities used for cooking, nutmeg is perfectly harmless.
|Basic Preparation||Ready to use as is, no preparation is necessary. Also notable is that this nutmeg powder should be added near the end of cooking as the flavor decreases with heat.|
|Recommended Applications||Ground Nutmeg is fantastic with savory dishes to include braised vegetables, steamed spinach, onion sauces, or pasta. Other great applications include apple pie, muffins, spiced wine, eggnog, puddings, or any other sweet dish.|
|Taste & Aroma||Sweet, Warm & Earthy|
|Cuisine||Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Scandinavian, Southeast Asian|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Shelf Life||2 Years|
|Country of Origin||India|
|Dietary Preferences||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Allergen Information||None Specified|