Spice Up Your Life: Nutmeg

Words VICKI TAYLOR

The nutmeg tree originated in the Banda Islands of Indonesia. The nutmeg tree actually has two spices that come from it: nutmeg and mace. Mace is the outer casing of the nutmeg seed and is mainly used in savoury cooking while the nutmeg itself is a little sweeter and mostly used in sweet dishes but can also be used in savoury cooking, e.g. in Middle Eastern cuisines. Nutmeg has a sweet and warm spicy flavour. It marries very well with broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cheese, custards, eggs, fruits, lamb and veal, pasta, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and rice (think rice pudding – YUM!)

Nutmeg is listed as one of the top ten spices as far as health goes. It relieves stomach cramps, eliminates flatulence and diarrhoea, encourages appetite and lowers blood pressure whilst encouraging good blood circulation. It relieves joint and muscle pain and swelling and it helps respiratory conditions like asthma and coughing. What a hero spice!

Written By Award Winning Business Owner Vicki Taylor
www.redhotchillipepper.com.au

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