Nutmeg, native to the Banda Islands of Indonesia commonly referred to as the Spice Islands, is the seed of a fruit produced by an evergreen tree. This unique tree is one of a few plants that produce two spices, nutmeg and mace, which is the protective outer layer of the nutmeg. The two do share a similar flavor and can be used in place of each other in a pinch.
Ground Nutmeg Q & A
What does ground nutmeg taste like?
Nutmeg has a fresh, rich aroma and a woody, bittersweet flavor with hints of clove. It is warm and aromatic with a deep flavor.
What do you use ground nutmeg for?
Ground nutmeg can be added to both sweet and savory recipes. When using in cakes, breads, pastries, fruit dishes and pies, it pairs well with ginger, cinnamon and cloves. When used with lamb, meat stews, spinach dishes, veal, vegetable recipes and even pasta sauces, it pairs well with cumin, coriander, pepper and thyme.
Is nutmeg similar to cinnamon?
Yes. Nutmeg and cinnamon have similar flavor profiles. Both are warm and woody, although cinnamon has a stronger flavor so if using it as a substitute for nutmeg, start with half the amount called for.
Cooking With Ground Nutmeg
When used in cakes, breads, pastries, fruit dishes and pies nutmeg pairs well with ginger, cinnamon and cloves. When used in lamb, mutton, meat stews, spinach dishes, veal, vegetable recipes and even pasta sauces, it pairs well with cumin, coriander, pepper and thyme. It is also an essential addition to egg nog.
Flavor of Ground Nutmeg
Ground from the kernel of the nutmeg seed, this spice is warm, aromatic, and woody and pairs well with cloves, ginger, and cumin.
Uses of Ground Nutmeg
Add to baked goods like breads, pies, pastries, and fruit dishes. Try with lamb, veal, and veggies and in stews and pasta sauces.
Ground Nutmeg Recipe
Spice Blend Recipe: Apple Pie Spice
For 4 T of mix: Blend 2 T cinnamon with 1 T nutmeg and 1 1/2 t allspice and cardamom