Nutmeg is a warm and aromatic spice obtained from the seed of the Myristica fragrans tree's fruit. It has a distinct sweet and slightly nutty flavor, often used to enhance both sweet and savory dishes. Whether grated or ground, nutmeg adds a cozy depth to baked goods, sauces, and holiday treats.
To maintain nutmeg's flavor and aroma, store whole nutmeg seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Ground nutmeg should also be stored in an airtight container away from light and heat sources.
When using nutmeg in your recipes, a little goes a long way due to its potent flavor. Grate or sprinkle it sparingly to avoid overpowering your dishes. Nutmeg pairs well with creamy dishes like sauces, soups, and custards, as well as baked goods like pies and cookies.
Q. Can I use whole nutmeg or ground nutmeg?
A. Both whole nutmeg and ground nutmeg are used in cooking. Ground nutmeg is more convenient while grating whole nutmeg just before using offers the freshest flavor.
Q. Can nutmeg be used in homemade spice blends?
A. Yes, nutmeg can be included in homemade spice blends to add depth and complexity.