The Nutmeg tree reaches full harvest maturity after 20 years, but nutmegs can be harvested when the trees are between 7 and 9 years old. Native to the Banda Islands of Indonesia (which along with the Maluku Islands make up the Spice Islands), today nutmeg is commercially cultivated in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Grenada, and Sri Lanka.
In the Middle East, nutmeg is used in lamb and mutton recipes, tomato sauces and vegetable stews. Europeans use it in mashed potatoes, rice dishes, pastas, soups, rice puddings, pies, biscuits and processed meats. The French use it in meats that are cooked for a long time, especially in stews and ragouts. Nutmeg is a key spice in Caribbean cuisine in everything from jerk seasonings to pastries, ice cream, fruit punches, eggnogs, breads and cakes.
In this country, Ground Nutmeg is a classic baking spice and adds intense and spicy aroma to pastries, cakes, sweet rolls, banana bread, pumpkin pies, apple pies, ice cream, chocolate, lemon desserts cookies, coconut milk, fruit pies, muffins and sweet breads. Use as a topping for custard, eggnog and whipped cream.
In addition to its uses in sweet dishes, nutmeg also works well in savory dishes and is considered by many chefs to be a secret ingredient in eggs, stew, creamy soups (especially split pea and tomato soups), sauces, seafood chowders, lamb, meatballs, milk dishes and with sweet potatoes.
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All orders at Spice Enthusiast are delivered to your door in a heat-sealed resealable Kraft bag for optimal freshness and shelf-life. Please store your ingredients in a cool, dry place.
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