What is nutmeg?
The nutmeg is the seed of the evergreen nutmeg tree Myristica fragrans. The coat of it carries the name mace, and both are in use as a spice. Orlandosidee® has both products for you, either individually or in combination.
The nutmeg is the seed of an apricot-like fruit which has a yellow color and white flesh. Inside it has a hard-core nut with a black-brown shell with a mantle surrounding it - the Mace. Under the black-brown shell is the nut.
The Myristica fragrans is an evergreen plant with a height of 5 to 18 meters, carries its first yield at the age of eight years, and achieves the highest yield at the age of 15 years. It originated in Indonesia and today also in South America, Africa, and tropical Asia.
The Myristica fragrans bears fruits year-round, with the peak of the harvest occurring in June, July, and August. At the harvest, they collect the ripe fruits of the Myristica fragrans from the ground. During the next step, they peel and remove the pulp of the fruits. Furthermore, they remove the seed coat, the mace, and dry it separately. The black-brown nuts are dried on wooden shelves for 6 -8 weeks on grids until the seeds in the black-brown nut begin to rattle. Only now are the hard shells broken and the nutmeg is born. At first, the brown nutmegs are still soft, but they continue to dry and become hard. A tree can yield up to 100 kg.
The nutmeg has a warm and spicy aroma, with a sweet scent and highly aromatic notes of camphor and cloves. Finely ground, the nutmeg refines its food.
Culinary use of Nutmeg
The nut finely ground can season many dishes. It goes very well with light sauces or soups. Refine your mashed potatoes, or cauliflower puree with nutmeg, it gives a wonderfully earthy note.
The aroma of it also blends well with egg, cheese, cabbage, pumpkin, fish, veal, lamb, seafood, mutton, sweet potatoes, as well as with chicken.
A component of many spice blends
The nutmeg is part of many different spice blends. Here you will find them among others in the following spice mixtures: Raz el Hanout, Tsire, Tabil, Cookies, Colombo, Colorado, Carioca, Berbere.
Good to know
Furthermore, the nutmeg helps with nausea, but use it sparingly. After all, more than 5 grams can lead to hallucinations and impaired consciousness.
Please store your spices in an airtight container. Store it in a dark, cool and dry place.