Botanical Name - Myristica fragrans
Origin - Indonesia
Flavor Profile - Warm and pungent. Blends well with other aromatic spices and certain fruits, such as pear, apple and pumpkin.
Culinary Usages - Add spice and sweetness to puddings, baked goods, hot beverages and roasted root vegetables.
Cosmetic Usages - Use in soaps, salves, lotions and hair products. The powder may be infused in hot water or oil.
Nutmeg has a long history of use in Asia, but it was a rare commodity in Europe until the Portuguese discovered the Maluku Islands of Indonesia as a major source. Once introduced to England in the 16th century, nutmeg was widely used to flavor cordials, mutton stew, meat pies and puddings. Today, nutmeg is more commonly used to add warm spice to baked goods and hot breakfast cereals. Of course, it’s also a key ingredient in pumpkin pie spice and mulling spice blends.
Aromatic Usages - Tincture in alcohol or witch hazel for use in making perfumes and colognes. May also be used to scent and add texture to soap.
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