Spicy Saturday: Nutmeg & Mace




Nutmeg and Mace


Nutmeg is a seed of a fruit from the Myristica fragrance tree which is found on the island of

Indonesia and the Philippines. Nutmeg looks like a plum with the bright yellow fruit. A whole

nutmeg looks like a wooden egg around which grows a striking covering or aril called

mace. When fresh the mace is deep red, when dried it becomes deep gold. Nutmeg in

India is used in milk-based desserts and also in savory dishes of vegetables. Spinach,

butternut squash, and sweet potatoes which pair well with nutmeg. The flavor of these

vegetables is enhanced by the use of nutmeg. It loses its fragrance when in powdered

form. The best way to use nutmeg is to grind it with a grater for a quick burst of flavor.


Mace is the aril or fibrous membrane covering the nutmeg. Mace has a subtle flavor

and used in savory meat sauces and milk desserts. Mace can also be found in the form

of blades or in ground form. Both nutmeg and mace can be stored in the pantry for 6

months to a year.

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