The nutmeg is the seed of an apricot-like fruit. This fruit has a yellow color and white pulp. Inside the fruit is a hard core nut with a blackish brown shell. Around this shell is the mantle - the Macis. Under the black-brown shell is the nutmeg.
The nutmeg tree (Myristica fragrans) is an evergreen plant with a height of 5 to 18 meters. He earns his first income at eight years, achieving the highest profit at 15 years. It has its origin in Indonesia, although today it is also cultivated in South America, Africa and tropical Asia.
Nutmeg- the harvest
The nutmeg tree bears fruits all year round, with the peak of the harvest being in June, July and August. During the harvest, the ripe fruit of the nutmeg tree is gathered. Then remove the dish and the pulp. Furthermore, the seed coat is removed which is the macis. It is dried separately. The black-brown nuts are dried for 6 -8 weeks in wooden shelves on grid until the seeds in the black-brown nut begin to clatter. Only now are the hard shells broken and the nutmeg is born. Initially, the brown nutmegs are still soft, but they are further dried and become hard. A tree can yield up to 100 Kg of yield.
Nutmeg - its aroma
The nutmeg has a warm and spicy aroma, with a sweet scent and highly aromatic notes of camphor and carnations. Finely ground the nutmeg refined its food.
Nutmeg Culinary use
The nutmeg refined with a nutmeg of nutmeg. It fits very well into bright sauces or soups. Refine your mashed potatoes or cauliflower with nutmeg, giving a wonderfully earthy note.
The aroma of the nutmeg also harmonizes perfectly with egg, cheese, cabbage, pumpkin and also sweet potatoes. As well as with chicken, fish, veal, lamb, seafood or mutton.
Nutmeg ingredient of many spices
The nutmeg is part of many different spice mixes. You can find them among others in the following spices: Raz el Hanout, Tsire, Tabil, Cookies, Colombo, Colorado, Carioca, Berbere
Nutmeg - Good to know
In addition, the nutmeg helps with nausea, but it must be sparingly dosed. Finally, more than 5 grams can lead to hallucinations and anxiety disorders.
It is best to buy our whole nutmeg for domestic use and store it in an air-tight and light-protected container. The room condition should be cool and dry. Rub the necessary amount of nutmeg always fresh.