While Nutmeg from Madagascar has what is considered a sweet flavour, it is more of an earthy sweetness, which enables it to be quite versatile, and just as useful for savoury dishes as sweet ones.
Nutmeg from Madagascar is rich in plant compounds, including essential oils, protein, lipids, starches and various residues, including: myristicin & myristic acid, pine, sabinene, camphene, elemicin, isoelemicin, and eugenols.
Packed with antioxidants, fiber, and minerals like manganese and zinc, studies suggest numerous potential health benefits when Nutmeg from Madagascar is consumed in moderation. Some of the purported benefits of nutmeg include increased brain and heart health, reduced inflammation, and improved digestive health. Nutmeg may potentially help treat issues like nausea, diarrhea, and joint inflammation. Thanks to its high levels of manganese, nutmeg is also believed to help regulate blood sugar, lower blood pressure, and absorb more calcium.
Sources: Chemical diversity and pharmacological significance of the secondary metabolites of nutmeg (Myristica fragrans Houtt.), Abourashed E, El-Alfy A, Phytochem Rev. 2016. PMID: 28082856
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Nutmeg from Madagascar is best known as a baking spice used in holiday-friendly pumpkin and apple pies, in sweet, warming beverages like mulled wine and eggnog in creamy sauces and cheesy dishes, such as bechamel, alfredo sauce, and soufflés.
- Savory: Roast Pumpkin Soup, Butternut Squash, Potatoes Au Gratin
- Sweet: Fresh Pumpkin Pie, Rice Pudding
Drinks: Eggnog, Mulled Wine
- Indian: Used in many sweet and savory dishes - particularly Mughlai style dishes, which are known for their aromatic richness.
- Moroccan: Mainly used in tagines and rice dishes.
Across Europe: nutmeg and mace are used frequently in potato and spinach dishes, soups (particularly winter squashes), sauces, and desserts like pumpkin pie and rice pudding. Nutmeg is also a traditional ingredient in mulled cider, mulled wine, and eggnog. In Scotland, nutmeg and mace often appear as ingredients in haggis
Store your nutmeg in an air-tight container away from heat, light, and moisture.