Nutmeg is the seed of the nutmeg tree (Myristica fragrant), a native Indonesian evergreen tree. It is the inner seed, and mace is the red, lace-like substance that covers the seed. Nutmeg has a lot of medicinal benefits. It is mainly used for cooking. It is a common spice which is always available in every household.
Nutmeg In Cooking
Nutmeg is a quintessential autumn spice. It has a long culinary history. Fall desserts and beverages has nutmeg in it. It pairs well with cream or cheese based recipes. The spicy flavour of nutmeg benefits and provides a nice contrast to the creaminess of the cheese. Just like cloves and bay leafs, nutmegs can be used to season many dishes and is used to flavour meats. It is the key ingredient in spice blends like garam masala and curry masala. Sprinkle it onto starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkin to create a deep and interesting flavour.
Nutmeg Health Benefits
Nutmeg has several health benefits. It has anti-inflammatory compounds called monoterpenes, sabinene, terpineol, and pinene. These help reduce inflammation in your body and benefit those with inflammatory conditions. Nutmeg is a key ingredient to treat sexual disorders in traditional Unani Medical system. Nutmeg has antibacterial effects against potentially harmful strains of bacteria like Streptococcus. These bacterias can cause dental cavities and gum disease. Nutmeg is rich in plant compounds that act as antioxidants in your body.
Nutmeg is one of the must have spices in every kitchen. It’s always better to buy whole nutmeg seeds and powder it as per requirement. The medical benefits are innumerable and is a handy home remedy for a lot of ailment.
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