Nutmeg Spice Helps Relieve Nausea
Nutmeg spice comes from the fruit of a tall evergreen
tree native to the Indonesian Spice Islands of Molucca.
Nutmeg in fact has a "brother" spice by the name of
mace, which is derived from the reddish, woven,
lace-like covering that surrounds the seed kernel from
which nutmeg is obtained.
History of Nutmeg Spice
Nutmeg was introduced to Europe by the Arab traders
before the turn of the seventh century. In 12th century
Europe, nutmeg was laid in piles and burned to fumigate
the streets when some important personage was expected
to pay the city a visit.
Nutmeg was of prime importance
during the era of spice trade and colonialism in the
16th century. Moluccan nutmeg trade first came under the
control of the Portuguese, who had to later relinquish
it to the Dutch. When the West Indies region came under
the British rule in the nineteenth century, nutmeg trees
were planted in Trinidad and Grenada.
Nutmeg in Cooking
Nutmeg has a sweet, spicy and - as the name suggests -
nutty taste, which makes it a favorite flavoring
ingredient in sweet savories such as cheesecakes, pumpkin
pie, cookies, pudding and desserts, and also beverages
such as apple cider and the Christmas-time favorite,
Nutmeg adds a pungent flavor to stewed fruits,
chutney, meat, soups, sauces and some vegetables such as
beans and spinach.
Health Benefits of
Regarding its health benefits, nutmeg is believed to aid
digestion and relieve nausea and the sensation of
vomiting. Nutmeg oil is used a component in aftershave
and scents for men, where it lends its
characteristically spicy scent.
And while nutmeg may be
used liberally in culinary preparations, care should be
taken not to consume large amounts of it in concentrated
form, as it is known to have some drug-like properties
that can cause hallucinations and illness.
Growing and Using Herbs and Spices by Milo Miloradovich
Spices and Herbs, Lore and Cookery: Lore and Cookery by
Elizabeth S Hayes