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.
The flavor is warm, rich, and intensely aromatic. Tropic wood, cloves, pine, and camphor are the primary flavors; a warm blanket of a scent if there ever was one. It’s something you can cuddle up in, which is why it’s become so prized in both sweet and savory cooking worldwide.
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 for it to become so. In the tiny quantities used for cooking, nutmeg is perfectly harmless.
|Basic Preparation||This spice is best when grated prior to adding to a recipe. To do so, utilize a nutmeg or spice grater. Add this spice at the end of cooking, as flavor diminishes with prolonged heat.|
|Recommended Applications||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, Chinese, German, Greek, Indian, Latin American, Southeast Asian|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Shelf Life||2 Years|
|Qualities||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Country of Origin||India|
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