Nutmeg ( myristica fragrans) is a hard shelled dried aromatic spherical seed of a tropical evergreen tree which grows up to 15 meters high, mace is the dried net-like covering she’ll of the seed. Nutmeg and mace both have various medicinal and culinary purposes, but the most common use of nutmeg worldwide is as a spice.
Mace, which is the outer covering shell has a more delicate flavor and is often used to prepare light dishes while the taste of nutmeg is slightly sweeter and is used to flavor many dishes.
- Plant– myristica evergreen tree 15 meters tall
- Origin– Bandali Island Indonesia
- Method– removed, dried & ground
- Scientific name– myristica fragrans
Nutritional values of 1 Tbsp (7g) nutmeg
- Calories – 37
- Saturated fat – 9%
- Dietary fiber – 6% 1.5 g
- Magnesium – 3%
Health benefits of nutmeg and mace
Besides the aromatic and flavoring qualities of nutmeg and mace, it contains many other health benefits as well such as:
Helps treat conditions like;
- Stomach pains
- Intestinal gas
- Kidney disease
- Relieve pain
- Helps kill bacteria and fungi
Side effects of nutmeg
Nutmeg is normally safe if consumed according to the daily recommended intake guidelines which is 1-1/2 g or 1/2 tsp per day. Please note that excessive use of nutmeg is very risky to your health and could have the following side effects if taken in large amounts or for a prolonged time period.
- Contact dermatitis
- Abdominal pain
- The nutmeg tree is native to the Bandali Islands of Indonesia and produces 2 different species nutmeg and mace.
- Nutmeg is a psycotropic and if consumed in high doses can cause hallucinations, delusion and an impending sense of doom.