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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Do you know where nutmeg comes from?

It's the last day of September and we all know that means.... it's almost Halloween! We already have our pumpkins on the front porch and my 4 year old nephew wanted to make pumpkin pie "from scratch." He loves to cook and wanted to know about every ingredient. I knew where everything came from except nutmeg. Do you know where nutmeg comes from? I do now.

Myristica fragrans is an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas of Indonesia, or Spice Islands. The nutmeg seed is encased in a mottled yellow, edible fruit, the approximate size and shape of a small peach. Two different spices come from this fruit. Nutmeg is the dried inner part of the seed. It is surrounded by a red lacy network (called an aril), which is used to produce mace. The spice mace has no relation to the synthetic compound used in riot control sprays. The fruit is used in jams.

Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, nutmeg having a slightly sweeter and mace a more delicate flavor. Mace is often preferred in light dishes for the bright orange, saffron-like hue it imparts. Nutmeg is tasty in pumpkin pies, mulled cider and eggnog.

Now ain't we smart.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nutmeg

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for providing this information. What a useful fruit! Every part of it is edible. Amazing