Nutmeg-believed to have magical powers
Botanical Name: Myristica fragrans
Botanical Family: Myristicaceae
The nutmeg tree is an evergreen tree which belongs to the spice Islands (Moluccas).The seed of the nutmeg fruit and the lacy covering on it known as mace, both are used as spices.
The nutmeg fruit is yellow in colour and when fruit splits in half, the seed inside has a bright red lace like covering. This is dried and sold as mace. The seed inside, which is oval shaped , is the nutmeg.
How do we get it?
They are available whole or in powder form .Whole nuts can be stored for a longer period whereas the powder loses its flavour quickly. They should be stored in air tight containers.
Nutmeg as herbal medicine
It has certain medicinal properties like it helps digestion but an overdose can be poisonous ,it is a treatment for diarrhea.
Nutmeg as taste maker
It is usually used in cakes, puddings, custards, soups etc…
Health benefits of nutmeg
- The nutmeg oil can be applied to our body in order to clear body pains.
- Myristicin(an organic compound contained in nutmeg) prevents us from certain brain deseases like Alzheimer’s etc…
- It can also be used in treating kidney related problems and also it improves blood circulation.
- Milk with a pinch of nutmeg can give better sleep
Nutmeg , ground and mixed with water or honey ,made into paste is applied on the skin to make it lighter.