Nutmeg

The oval shaped seeds have a sweet, spicy flavor. This is the mature dried seed of the tree, MYRISTICA FRAGRANCE HOUTT. Commonly used in sweet foods and enhances savory foods. Grown in Sri Lanka as a smallholder crop, the area under cultivation is around 4,500 acres. Nutmeg is exported in both unshelled and shelled forms.

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Did you Know?

Grenada, a Caribbean island, has the symbol of a nutmeg on its national flag.

 

 

How it Grows

Nutmeg comes from the fruit  of a 15-20m evergreen tree, native to Moluccas in East Indonesia. This tree yeilds two spices; nutmeg, the kernel of the fruit and mace, the net like covering of the seed.

Flavour

Warm sweet flavor that pairs well with both savory and sweet dishes, which includes traditional favorites such as pumpkin pie and carrot cake.

 

Health Benefits

Nutmeg is known to relax muscles and is commonly known to alleviate stomach discomforts such as indigestion. Nutmeg oil is also used in  the popular, off the shelf, topical treatment Vics Vaporub.