What is the mace?
The mace is the nutmeg's seed coat and not, as one might think, its actual flowers. Think of it this way, the fruit of the nutmeg tree looks like an apricot. It has an inner core, which is also enclosed by a seed coat, the Aril. This dried seed coat is our spice, the mace. The center itself holds the nutmeg, which can only be freed from the hard shell after drying (6-8 weeks). From a botanical point of view, nutmeg is therefore not a nut but the seed core.
How does mace ground taste?
The mace powder has an incense-like odor and, similar to nutmeg, tastes warm and spicy. However, it has a more nuanced, sweeter, and at the same time, livelier aroma than the nut combined with a beautiful floral note. It is also delicate, unobtrusive with a lemon sweetness.
What is the ground nutmeg used for?
Its warm, spicy aroma, nutmeg powder flavored pumpkin casserole, potato gratin, and mashed potatoes. Tender vegetables such as cauliflower, carrots, spinach, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, or broccoli also benefit from its floral flavor. It's also a great Christmas seasoning for making gingerbread cookies and pies.
Italian cuisine also uses this spice in semolina dumplings (gnocchi), vegetable soups such as minestrone, or in the bechamel sauce.
Season hearty ragouts with this seasoning. It goes well with minced meat, lamb, veal, chicken, or in a cheesecake soup.
Fish and seafood also benefit from this pleasing spice aroma.
Last but not least, you can use it to flavor drinks such as mulled wine or drinking chocolate. Just try it out and discover new combinations.
How do I use mace?
The whole mace blossom is cooked with and removed before serving. The mace powder is very economical and intensive. Therefore, you should use it sparingly, just like the nutmeg. Just add it to your food while it is cooking.
Which spices go well with the mace?
The following spices go well: cardamom, coriander, paprika, cumin, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, rosebuds, thyme, pepper, and allspice.
What should I buy, whole or ground Mace?
The whole mace flower is used in dishes to be easily removed again, such as stews, sauces, or soups. Unfortunately, it is difficult to chop them up yourself, which is why it is also worth buying ground mace. It is easy to dose and can be added at any time during cooking. However, it is very intense and should be used sparingly, just like the nut itself.
Storage of ground spices
When it comes to ground spices, it is essential to store them in an airtight container to lose their aroma as little as possible. Besides, all herbs should be kept dry, dark, and in a cool place. Please refill all of our spices in spice containers.