Nutmeg has a characteristic, pleasant fragrance and slightly warm sweeter taste more delicate in nature. Fruit is a fleshy drupe, spherical in shape, pale yellow in color with a longitudinal groove in the centre. The spice in ground form is mainly used in the food processing industry principally in the seasoning of most products, they are also used in confectionaries, soups, sauces, baked goods and spice mixes. Its flavor blends several other ingredients and unites disparate elements of a dish. The fleshy outer cover of the Nutmeg fruit is crystallized or pickled or made into jellies. In Indian cuisine, nutmeg is used in sweet dishes such as rice puddings, as well as the popular spice blend garam masala, used to make Pulaos, curries and other similar meals.
- It also helps detoxify the body, boost skin health, reduce insomnia, increase immunity and prevent leukemia.
- Nutmeg oil is potent brain booster, increasing circulation and allowing you to concentrate better.
- Nutmeg can help clear up congestion due to colds, this is the reason why it is used in many cough syrups.
- Nutmeg spice contains many plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
In India, main production of nutmegs is in Kerala. Other regions that grow nutmeg on a lesser production are Karnataka and the south of Maharashtra.