Mace is a yellowish-brown spice that is derived from the red dried net-like covering of the shell of the seed of the plant Myristica Fragrans.
Mace spice offers a large number of benefits, and keeping your digestive system healthy is one of the major benefits. It relieves bloating, constipation and gas related problems. Mace also has the ability to boost blood circulation. Mace helps alleviate anxiety and depression as it has been proven to exert considerable anti-depressant effects. It is also known that mace can help treat insomnia and freshen your breath.
Mace pairs well with other spices like cloves, allspice, ginger and many more. It is often used in spice blends for flavouring meat dishes like lamb, veal, pork, different fruits, cream and cheese. It also works well with stews, curries, savoury sauces and pickles, especially beets. The flavour can become bitter if it’s cooked too long, so it’s best to add mace toward the end of cooking as a finishing spice.
- Savory: Raised Game Pie, Hyderabadi biryani of vegetables in a pumpkin shell, Sweetly Spiced Pork.
- Sweets: Quinoa Mace Cake, Moravian Sugar Coffee Cake.
- Drinks: Mace Tea, Nutmeg and Mace Spiced Salted Dark Hot Cocoa.
- Sauces & Dressings: Mushroom Ketchup, Orange and Mace Sauce, Béchamel Sauce.
Both ground and whole mace should be stored in a cool dry place away from light and heat.