What is it all about ?
Nutmeg is the seed albumen of the nutmeg fruit, a tropical tree native to Indonesia. It is sold whole or ground, but not only consumed grated or powdered. Whole nutmeg keeps very well for several years, while the powder, more convenient to use, will lose its aromas faster. With great aromatic power, this spice can only be used in small quantities. In addition, in high doses, nutmeg can have harmful effects on health: psychotropic and hallucinogenic, it can even be fatal.
How to use it ?
This spice can be used in both savory and sweet recipes. It flavors meats, soups, bechamel, gratins, mashed potatoes and all potato-based dishes. It is used in the preparation of savory pies or as an accompaniment to vegetables. For dessert, nutmeg goes very well with compotes and pies of autumn or winter fruits or even chocolate. It is a traditional spice of the end of the year celebrations found in gingerbread, truffles, Christmas cakes or cakes or mulled wine. Finally, it is used in the composition of several spice blends such as curry, Raz el Hanout and colombo.
The virtues of Nutmeg
Nutmeg is an excellent digestive and relieves all the ailments linked to poor digestion: flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, intestinal infections… These powerful analgesic and anti-rheumatic properties reduce joint pain such as sprains, tendonitis, muscle aches or even arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatism… Nutmeg is recommended for oral health thanks to its antiseptic, ant parasitical and antifungal properties. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac.