Nutmeg and Mace

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Nutmeg is a popular spice made from the seeds of Myristica fragrans, a tropical evergreen tree. Nutmeg is the inner seed, while mace is the red, lace-like substance that covers the seed. Although their flavour is similar, nutmeg is said to have a warmer, spicier flavour than mace. Besides being an exotic spice, nutmeg is grouped under the category of aphrodisiacs, and in cooking, only small quantities – such as a little grating or a pinch of the ground powder – are used to make soups, meat gravies, beef stew, steaks, roulades, and even desserts.