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Nutmeg, How To Use It

Updated on November 18, 2010
We use both the seed and its covering.
We use both the seed and its covering.

What Is Nutmeg?

The nutmeg tree is any of several species of trees in genus Myristica . We are back to the Myrtle ! The nutmeg provides with two common spices: nutmeg and mace. Thank you, evergreen tree.

Nutmeg is one of several spices, including cloves, coming to us from what is commonly called 'The Spice Islands'. Despite a troubled history, we can appreciate them for this.

The seed is what is gound for nutmeg, its covering gives us mace.

http://www.iol.ie/~spice/Indones.htm

This Had To Come Up, Somewhere

Ancient Viagra, anyone?  The pun was totally unintended!

Nutmeg has  been associated with the possession of magical powers. A sixteenth century monk is reported as having advised young men to carry vials of nutmeg oil.  At the appropriate time, ( hey, use your own imagination), they were to anoint their genitals for .......uhmn...shall I say , ' personal business'?  The ladies were advised to stuff some nutmeg under the left arm to attract suitors.  It appears that ancient win-win, was the order of the day.

Perhaps, it is time to redefine 'sachet'.

Cooking With Nutmeg

Let's go beyond the holiday eggnog...

Cakes, cookies, puddings, spicy drinks.....chances are the ingredients call for some nutmeg. Cheeses, and cheese sauces benefit from its peppiness. Black beans, eggs, or tomatoes, can come to life from the perkiness of nutmeg. Some cooks add it to Italian dishes, though I have not done this. Nutmeg garners a great following in Mid-Eastern dishes.

Another professional cook shared this with me, " a shake of nutmeg makes everything else just POP"...... Just one shake from your container...no need to change the recipe, just enliven it.

However you choose to use it, this rule of thumb can be worthy of jotting down in your favourite recipe book......one grated nutmeg, equals 2-3 teaspoons of ground nutmeg.

 

Is Nutmeg Valuable As A Healing Spice?

Small does of nutmeg can alleviate gas, aid digestion, stimulate the appetite and treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.

The oil of nutmeg is not to be played with. It can cause hallucinations, vomiting and in EXTREME cases, death. These cases result from an extreme concentration. Your are not going to 'overdose' your family by using too much nutmeg in the pudding.

This is not an essential oil to be experimented with by the beginning hobbyist......

Rest assured, nutmeg is safe for cooking, even for those, ( like myself) who have a heavy hand. The danger is in the oil of nutmeg, which most of us have probably not seen. Leave the  oils, to those who know how to use them.  This one is not for the beginner.

Related Recipie

Eggnog, is not a drink that I enjoy, so , I have no favorite to recommend.

These recipes range from simple to interesting. Let me know if you tried any, and your assessment.

http://www.eggnogrecipe.net/

It Is Up To The User.

I encourage you to look beyond this hub, and to investigate the value of nutmeg.

It is a spice in question.......do not leave your decisions to me. The Internet opens a surplus of doors to us......open them. Question and investigate.

I am here simply to expose..........

Smelling good may not be enough........

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      onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

      Hello again Lady -E

      Appreciate you coming by to read!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Interesting read. I used to use it to cook in Powder form, but then stopped. It's interesting to know the benefits it has for men. lol. Very useful Hub.

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      anita 6 years ago

      in winter u can use little nutmeg pwd in ur tea is good .nutmeg is good for cough and cold for children also.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Daydreamer13,

      Long time, no see!

      Thanks for the vote of confidence,

      glad you liked the hub.

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      daydreamer13 7 years ago

      Thanks for this. Now I know! Voted up!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Fullerman5000,

      That's a good idea.

      A little more pep than cinnamon~~~

      Glad you came by!

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      Ryan Fuller 7 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      I love it on my applesauce, and yes i still eat apple sauce like i was a kid. Its good. thanks for the tips.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Justom,

      Try nutmeg on your sweet potatoes,

      pumpkin and squashes.

      I also add a bit to the dough when

      making cobblers.

      Peace~~

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Craan,

      Now, it is you, who has made

      me curious!

      Thanks for coming by, I do

      like new readers.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Vietnamvet68,

      Thanks.....it means a great deal

      to me. I am glad you come by~

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      I can't remember using it much but I've always liked it added to egg nog and in spiced rum. Funny too how you don't like the nog, I used to love it but in recent years I've really lost my taste for it but I think it's more about the thick texture of it than the taste. Nice work (as always)! Peace!! Tom

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      Sheila Craan 7 years ago from Florida

      Interesting facts about nutmeg! I usually use nutmeg during special occasions when making homemade pumpkin pie. I use cinnamon a lot. I wonder if nutmeg in my coffee in lieu of ground cinnamon will taste just a good? I'll need to try it. Thanks onegoodwoman!

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      vietnamvet68 7 years ago from New York State

      I simply love your hubs on the spices, it has given me some insight on what to use in my cooking. Great job. God Bless my dear lady.

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Karanda.....

      You are among my greatest of

      internet friends.

      Anything you say is a compliment.

      Indeed, your mere presence is............

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      praireiprincess......

      Thank you for coming by...

      I have led you? What a privelage!

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      Onegoodwoman, I love the way I always learn something when I stop by your hubs. Nutmeg will never be the same again with that picture in my mind.

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      Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

      Very cool! I did not know that much about nutmeg! Now I'm curious to try to fit into my cooking! Great, funny hub!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      Nutmeg on Pasta?

      Do tell..........

      Of this thing, I

      do not know.

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      giselle2323 7 years ago from Peterborough, Ontario

      Thank you for this fun article OGW. I love a dash of nutmeg in pancakes. Also there is a pasta dish that I have made on occasion which calls for nutmeg. I am seriously becoming hungry.