Nutmeg comes from the seed of the nutmeg tree, which is botanically known as Myristica fragrans. The nutmeg tree is native to the Banda Islands of Indonesia. As of 2014, the tree is cultivated commercially in Malaysia, t... More » Food Food Facts Herbs & Spices

Oatmeal comes from the oat plant, which is considered the third most important crop in the United States. Oat is grown in all of the continental states, though most of it is used for feeding livestock. Only 5 percent of ... More »

Plants come from seeds. A seed must have water, the right temperature and a good location, normally in soil, before it will germinate and begin growing into a plant. More »

Ground mace is a ground spice that derives from the dried aril of the nutmeg seed. The aril, a net-like sheath, covers the nutmeg seed, which is otherwise called Myristica fragrans Houtt. More »

Some spice substitutions include cinnamon or nutmeg for allspice, fennel seed for aniseed, ginger for cardamom, saffron for turmeric, and chili powder for cumin. Cinnamon can be a substitute for allspice, cloves, ginger,... More »

Nutmeg is a spice native to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. It is the seed of the nutmeg tree and found inside of a fruit. The seed is ground into spice for use in cooking. Nutmeg is most familiar in the West as the main... More » Food Food Facts Herbs & Spices

Some common spices are salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and mustard. Herbs are companions to spices and some common herbs are parsley, dill, rosemary, basil and oregano. As Asian and other non-European cuisines have become... More » Food Food Facts Herbs & Spices