Nutmeg - Mace Blade are two different, however closely related, spices from the same evergreen tree. At maturity (fifteen years), this tree will produce about 2,000 nutmegs a year.
Whole Nutmeg is the wrinkled gray-brown kernel of the seed from the tree’s fruit (looks like a pale yellow apricot); and, Mace Blade is the outer orange-red lace-like covering (aril) on the seed. Once removed and dried, the blade becomes dark yellow-orange in color. Mace, without the word "blade" refers to the ground form of the spice.
Nutmeg and Mace are similar in flavor (warm, nutty and sweet) with the latter being slightly sweeter and stronger in taste. Mace is the spice that comes through in old fashion donuts and hotdogs.
Mace Blade is used like Bay Leaf in that you remove it from your dish prior to serving. It does not dissolve during the cooking process. Also, it’s perfect for any clear-colored recipes (e.g., soups) calling for nutmeg as an ingredient.
Whole Nutmeg can be grated easily using a grater, and is more economical since the whole seed can be kept forever. Plus, the best flavor is obtained from freshly grated nutmeg.
One whole nutmeg when fully grated is equal to about one tablespoon of the ground spice.
The ratio of Nutmeg to Mace is about 25 to 1 - every twenty five pounds of Nutmeg yields about 1 pound of Mace.
These spices are indigenous to the Spice Islands, and are grown also in the West Indies, particularly Grenada.
A little of each goes a long way.
These spices are good for many foods, both sweet and savory: baked goods, beef, beets, breads, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cheese dishes (fondues, soufflés), chicken, chocolate, corn, desserts, donuts, duck, eggplant, goose, greens (collard, mustard, turnip, kale, spinach), fruit, green beans, ham, hot dogs, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, pork, pumpkin, rabbit, squash, sweet potatoes, soups, stews, stuffing, tomatoes, turkey, turnips, and venison.
They can be kept indefinitely. If you have started to grate one, store it in an airtight jar in a cool dry place.
These spices help reduce flatulence, aid digestion and stimulate the appetite.
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