What is Nutmeg?
Nutmeg is a spice harvested from plants of the Myristica genus, of which there are about 100 species native to Australia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Nutmeg is derived from the seed of the plant, while the red membrane that covers it is made into the spice mace. Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, nutmeg having a slightly sweeter and mace a more delicate flavor.
Nutmeg is used in a variety of cuisines, and the essential oil of the seed has medicinal applications.