Nutmeg


Nutmeg

 

 
ranweli spice garden sri lanka

 


Nutmeg also known as muscat is a sour fruit that produces two of the most valuable and expensive spices in the world. Nutmeg is one of two spices that grow on an evergreen tree with the scientific classification Myristica fragrans, also known as common nutmeg. It is native to islands near Indonesia, but is now a globally used spice. This is the only tree which is the source of two distinct spices in the world. As you can see on the picture the red color part of the fruit is known as mace which is the most expensive part of the fruit. This red color part can tenderize any meat.


nutmeg




Nutmeg is the seed of the fruit, It weighs somewhere around 5 to 10g. nutmeg trees start to produce fruits once they are 7–9 years old, the tree starts to produce a considerable number of fruits after about 25 years. According to sri lankans 'the older the tree gets, the more fruits it produces.

Nutmeg is a delicate, slightly sweet spice that is widely used in cuisines around the world, including both Asian and western dishes. The tree is also highly valued because of the essential oils that are derived from the fruits and leaves. The essential oils from nutmeg are highly beneficial to health, and are frequently used in  herbal medicine.