Nutmeg, Whole, Conventional- Myristica fragrans
The nutmeg tree originates in Banda, the largest of the Molucca spice islands of Indonesia. The English word nutmeg comes from the Latin nux, meaning nut, and muscat, meaning musky.
It also was prized for its curative and culinary uses. If you’re using whole nutmeg, grate it with a microplane or grater with smaller holes. Freshly grated nutmeg is delicious on fresh fruit, oatmeal, or yogurt.
In addition to being delicious, nutmeg offers many health benefits. However, you should never consume more than is ordinarily used in food preparation. In large quantities, nutmeg can induce hallucinations. It is highly toxic and can even be fatal. More below.
Nutmeg is a rich source of antioxidants, which help protect against the signs of aging and serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. Nutmeg is rich in fibre, which helps keep the digestive system healthy and prevent blood sugar from spiking. It’s also a source of Vitamins A, C, E as well as Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Phosphorous, Zinc and Iron.
Nutmeg was once a spice that spurned wars! Why? It was fashionable among the wealthy as a hallucinogenic; the intoxicating spice could make you feel as if you were floating in a memorable but NOT pleasurable way…hmmm….