Nutmeg has a light brown hue and is an oval-shaped spice that is obtained from a nutmeg tree. It is covered in red lace known as mace. It is cautiously dried in the sun for over a period of six to seven weeks. It has a mild taste and has a sweet tone to it, along with a strong aroma.
It can be utilized by vegans as it is not an animal byproduct. The spice is available in two forms, a powered version and as a whole spice.
In one teaspoon of spice, various elements like phosphorous, copper, zinc, etc., are present along with different vitamins—other important elements like iron, magnesium, manganese are also present. Very low content of sugar, fat, and carbohydrates constitute up to twelve calories.
Although allergy caused due to nutmeg has not been reported. It can be a potent allergic food that might trigger various immune reactions that range from moderate to critical. Dogs and cats should be kept entirely away from it as they are very sensitive towards it.
Mothers who are expecting or are lactating should avoid its consumption as it may cause miscarriage or congenital disabilities in the baby.
HOW TO USE
Fresh nutmeg can be obtained by grating the seed, while users can also use the powered one. It is pretty versatile as it goes well with sweet beverages and spicy dishes.
It can be added to various curries and rice dishes like biryani and pulao etc. It is also used to spice up coffee, tea, milk, and chocolate. You can also sprinkle a small amount of it on fruits or salads.
While using it, be extra careful as the spice is toxic. If consumed excessively, it may be fatal. Do not consume it directly. Add it to some food. Please keep it away from children.
Dental products often contain nutmeg in them due to its antibacterial properties. The pathogens that cause bad breath are defeated by it.
The stimulating properties make it a good antidepressant. Quality sleep for long hours is obtained by consuming it in a small amount.
Antioxidants present in it help to protect against severe ailments like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and liver diseases. Aging is also slow down by its consumption.
STORAGE AND SHELF LIFE
Nutmeg, either powdered or whole, can easily last up to half a year if refrigerated. If you have opened the sachet, then make certain that you store them in a container that is airtight.