Nut or dried seed kernel
Whole dried or ground or powdered
Volatile oil, Fixed oil, Myristicin, Butyrin
Nutmeg has a long history of use as a spice, with recorded evidence that the ancient Romans and Greeks enjoyed its warm, aromatic flavor and aroma.
Ground nutmeg stores well as long as it kept away from direct light and heat, and offers an easy way to dispense the spice into foods and beverages. In addition to being a popular spice in Middle Eastern cuisine, nutmeg pairs especially well with potato, spinach, pasta, cheese, sausage, ground beef, pumpkin and hot cereals.
The nutmeg tree is native to Indonesia. It grows as high as 40 feet and
is an evergreen tree. It has a strong aroma and yellow flowers that
adorn the limbs. It takes almost 10 years for the tree to bear viable fruit.
The fruit of the tree is picked when it ripens. It is then separated into
nutmeg seeds and mace.
Nutmeg is a popular spice used in cooking and baking. For people living
in India, nutmeg is often used as an aphrodisiac. Whether or not you
feel more amorous after eating nutmeg, you'll want to check it out.
Nutmeg comes from an evergreen tree that is native to Indonesia. The trees can be found in many parts of the world now. The fruit of the tree begins to grow after the tree reaches 8 years old. It is picked when ripe.
Essential oil should only be used internally under supervision of a professional health care provider. Do not use nutmeg if you are pregnant. Do not take more than 3 g of nutmeg per day as high doses may be toxic. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.
In Penang cuisine, dried, shredded nutmeg rind with sugar coating is used as toppings on the uniquely Penang ais kacang. Nutmeg rind is also blended (creating a fresh, green, tangy taste and white colour juice) or boiled (resulting in a much sweeter and brown juice) to make iced nutmeg juice.In Indian cuisine, nutmeg is used in many sweet as well as savoury dishes (predominantly in Mughlai cuisine). It is also added in small quantities as a medicine for infants. It may also be used in small quantities in garam masala. Ground nutmeg is also smoked in India.
In Indonesian cuisine, nutmeg is used in various dishes, mainly in many soups, such as soto soup, baso soup or Sup Kambing. It is also used in making sweets.
In Middle Eastern cuisine, ground nutmeg is often used as a spice for savoury dishes.
In originally European cuisine, nutmeg and mace are used especially in potato dishes and in processed meat products; they are also used in soups, sauces, and baked goods. In Dutch cuisine, nutmeg is added to vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and string beans. Nutmeg is a traditional ingredient in mulled cider, mulled wine, and eggnog.
In Italian cuisine is almost uniquely used as part of the stuffing for many regional meat filled dumplings like tortellini as well as for the traditional meatloaf.Japanese varieties of curry powder include nutmeg as an ingredient.
In the Caribbean, nutmeg is often used in drinks such as the Bushwacker, Painkiller, and Barbados rum punch. Typically, it is just a sprinkle on the top of the drink.The pericarp (fruit/pod) is used in Grenada and also in Indonesia to make jam, or is finely sliced, cooked with sugar, and crystallised to make a fragrant candy.
In Scotland, mace and nutmeg are usually both essential ingredients in haggis.In the US, nutmeg is known as the main pumpkin pie spice and often shows up in simple recipes for other winter squashes such as baked acorn squash.
The trade history of nutmeg reads like a thriller….It was much prized. There is also much evidence as to its medical and pyscological affects and uses. If interested, search the web for ‘nutmeg’.