Nutmeg FAQ

What is Nutmeg?

Nutmegs are the seeds of the fruits of myristica fragrans. The tree grows up to 12-18 metres in height; the alternate leaves are oblong, leathery and dark glossy green on the upper surface, paler green on the underside and approximately 15cm in length. The dioecious flowers are yellow in colour, small, unscented, and bell shaped resembling slightly those of the lily-of-the-valley. The fruits resemble plums in shape and are 5-8 cm in length, fleshy, and when split open reveal the seeds which are ovoid, 2-3 cm in length, dark brown in colour, with a hard seed coat surrounded by a red net light seed coating known as an aril, attached to the base of the seed.

What kind of  Nutmeg do we supply?

We supply Crushed Nutmeg, Ground Nutmeg, Whole Nutmeg, Nutmeg Essential Oil, Organic Ground Nutmeg, Organic Whole Nutmeg and Fairtrade Organic Whole Nutmeg.

Where does Nutmeg come from?

Nutmeg is native to Moluccas in Indonesia, also known as Spice Island. It is also cultivated in the West Indies.

How would you describe the flavour of Nutmeg?

Nutmeg has an aromatic, sweet, rich and spicy flavour.

What are alternative names for Nutmeg?

The Latin name for Nutmeg is Myristica fragrans syn. Myristica officinalis. Other names for Nutmeg are: Qoust, Sadihika, Wohpala, Nuez Moscada, Muscade, Muskatnuss, Muskotnöt, Noce Moscata, Jaiphal, Buah Pala, Rou Dou Kou, Natumegu & Szerecsendió.

Are our Organic Nutmeg products certified organic?

Yes! Our Organic Ground Nutmeg, Organic Whole Nutmeg and Fairtrade Organic Whole Nutmeg are all Soil Association approved.

What is the suggested use for Nutmeg?

Nutmeg works well with both sweet and savoury dishes. Nutmeg is usually grated on/into dishes. It is an ideal partner for dairy dishes including milky puddings such as junket, rice pudding and cheese sauces, use to season risotto, homemade sausages and burgers. It works well sprinkled on to vegetables such as carrots, potato and spinach and can enhance the flavour of meat sauces such as bolognese and chilli. A little goes a long way!

What is Nutmeg Essential Oil?

An essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing volatile (easily evaporated at normal temperatures) chemical compounds from plants; it’s “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance – the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. Essential oils are generally extracted by distillation, often by using steam; to find out how this oil has been extracted, please see the product specification on the ‘Technical’ tab.

What does Nutmeg Essential Oil blend well with?

Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Coriander, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lime, Mandarin, Orange, Petitgrain & Rosemary.

What is the suggested us for Nutmeg Essential Oil?

Not to be taken internally. Keep away from children. Do not use during pregnancy. Must be appropriately diluted before use; improper use of essential oils can cause harm, including severe allergic reactions and skin irritations. If in doubt, consult a licensed aromatherapist. Improper use of essential oils can cause harm, including severe allergic reactions and skin irritations.

About the Author

Georgia

As an animal lover and baking enthusiast, Georgia can often be found experimenting with plant-based recipes in her kitchen.

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