Nutmeg Spice grown in Ceylon is considered to have an exotic flavour due to the growing conditions in this island nation renowned for spices.
Nutmeg spice (Muristica fragrance) is a native of Moluccas in east Indonesia and is reported to have been introduced to Ceylon in the early nineteenth century. Interestingly, the tree produces both Nutmeg spice and Mace spice. This is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices. Both spices are strongly aromatic, resinous and warm in taste. Mace is generally said to have a finer aroma than nutmeg, but the difference is small. Nutmeg quickly loses its fragrance when ground therefore, the required amount should be grated from a whole nut immediately before use.
The sweet but slightly bitter flavor of Nutmeg adds character to vegetables. Several other commercial products are also produced from the tree, including Essential Oils, Extracted Oleoresins, and Nutmeg Butter.
Health Benefits of Nutmeg Spice
- Nuttmeg has strong antibacterial properties. It is effective in killing a number of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
- Like cloves, nutmeg contains eugenol, a compound that may benefit the heart.
- Myristicin found in nutmeg has been shown to inhibit an enzyme in the brain that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease and is used to improve memory.
- It is used in small dosages to reduce flatulence [excessive stomach or intestinal gas, aid digestion and improve appetite.]
- In Arab countries, nutmeg is valued as an aphrodisiac [substance believed to increase sexual desire.]
- Nutmeg can help to combat asthma.
- It is also used to relax muscles.
- Nutmeg contains 10 per cent essential oil which is a colourless or light yellow liquid. The oil is obtained by the steam distillation of ground nutmeg. Besides being used in toothpastes, cough syrups, perfumes and cosmetic industry, externally nutmeg oil is mixed with almond oil and is used to relieve rheumatic pain.
- Nutmeg oil is used to treat toothaches. Drops of essential oil are put on cotton swab and applied to the gums around an aching tooth, sometimes also used to control bad breath.
- Drops of nutmeg oil can also be mixed with honey to treat nausea, gastroenteritis, chronic diarrhoea and indigestion.
- In homoeopathy, nutmeg is used to treat anxiety and depression.
- In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat impotence and liver disease.
The mature dried seeds of Nutmeg Spice are exported both Shelled and unshelled. We ship all our spices within days of harvest pure and straight from Ceylon.
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