Nutmeg Whole

Nutmeg Whole

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Nutmeg is the dried, egg-shaped kernel of the seed of a tree native to Indonesia and cultivated in the Caribbean. This “nut” also yields the spice mace, the red, leathery gum that clings to its outer surface. Nutmeg was highly sought after in the early history of spice trading, which prompted a long-standing conflict between the English and Dutch in the 16th century, which culminated with control by the latter and prices driven so high that only nobility could afford to indulge in the spice.

Because whole nutmeg is grated fresh as-needed, this is the best form to ensure maximum flavor.

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quick look

information at a glance
approximate cups to one poundapprox 100 pieces
originsri lanka
plant part usedseed
why buy whole nutmeg?freshly grated nutmeg is more flavorful; the whole nutmeg will have a longer shelf life than pre-ground nutmeg

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips
storage tipsKeep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaWhole, dried nut.


try something new
culinaryGrate fresh to flavor cookies, pastries, cakes, breads and muffins. May also be added to tea and coffee blends.

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Similar to mace in flavor. Pairs well with baking spices, carrots, squash and game meats.

formulas & recipes


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what else you should know


Myristica fragrans is a slow-growing evergreen tree native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia, although it is now cultivated in other temperate regions. The seed of this tree is known locally as pala and to westerners as nutmeg.

In some places in the world, nutmeg is called muskatbaum. The word “nutmeg” itself is adapted from the Latin nux muscat, which means “musky nut.” It is said that the musky aroma produced by the tree setting seed is so strong that alighting birds of paradise temporarily faint.

For most people, fortunately, freshly ground nutmeg wakes up the senses. Try it on stewed fruit, oatmeal or tapioca pudding.

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