Is Nutmeg a Nut?


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Nutmeg is not a nut. It is a seed of the nutmeg tree and is used as a spice. The nutmeg tree is an evergreen tree that grows in Indonesia.

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Nutmeg is often used to add flavor to desserts such as apple pie and to drinks such as eggnog. The best way to store it is as a whole seed. A microplane can be used to grate off nutmeg as needed.

The nutmeg seed is surrounded by a red membrane called mace, which can also be used as a spice. The intensity of mace is somewhat less than that of nutmeg.

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