Profile: According to an American folklore, sham spice merchants used to sell false nutmeg seeds carved from wood to unsuspecting cooks. This spawned the phrase "nutmegger," which means "charlatan." Our nutmeg is safe. True. Perfect for cakes and sauces.
A native of the Spice Islands near Indonesia, nutmeg has been cultivated across the tropics by both native and foreign cultures. Nutmeg was a favorite spice of the English, Dutch, Chinese, Indians, and pretty much everyone else who encountered it.
The Myristica fragrans tree produces nutmeg. The fruit around the nut is frequently candied, preserved, or juiced to make a “nutmeg” syrup. Mace is the spice around the nutmeg aril. But nutmeg is the main harvest.
The taste is warm, rich, and aromatic. The main flavors are tropical wood, cloves, pine, and camphor; a warm blanket of a smell. It's soft and cozy, which is why it's treasured in both sweet and savory cuisine globally.
Note: Nutmeg includes myristicin, a psychotropic compound that is also used to alleviate depression. Toxic at high doses, it would take many tablespoons of ground nutmeg to reach that level. Nutmeg is totally safe in little amounts used in cooking.
|Shelf Life:||3 Years.|
|Basic Prep:||This whole nutmeg for sale is best shredded before using. Use a nutmeg or spice grater. Add near the end of cooking, as heat lessens flavor.|
|Ways To Use:||Cooked vegetables, steamed spinach, onion sauces, and pasta are all great uses for nutmeg. This recipe can also be used to make apple pie or muffins.|
|Taste & Aroma:||Sweet, Warm & Earthy.|
|Cuisine:||Asian, Caribbean, Chinese, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Scandinavian, Southeast Asia.|
|Country of Origin:||India.|
|Handling / Storage:||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Allergen Information:||None Specified.|
|Dietary Preferences:||All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO.|