Nutmeg has a nutty, sweet flavor. Its pungency makes it ideal for savory and sweet dishes such as pies, cakes, soups, sausages and preserves. Nutmeg is sold ground or whole, and should be stored in a cool, dark place.
Nutmeg is native to the Molucca Islands. It is the seed of Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree that also produces mace. Nutmeg is a popular food additive in European countries, such as Italy and the Netherlands. Nutmeg was first brought to Europe by Middle Eastern traders in the sixth century. The British expanded nutmeg production to the Caribbean islands in the 1800s.