Nutmeg is one of those aromatic spices which cooks use to enhance the flavor of food, desserts, even teas. It’s exotic taste, though mild, is used a lot in Indian cooking and Asian. Nutmeg has many useful properties besides culinary too.
As a health component nutmeg contains anti-oxidants which are good for preventing diseases as well as promoting good health. The therapeutic aspects of nutmeg are used in the capacity of anti-fungal, anti-depressant, and digestive functions as well. Even the mineral properties found in nutmeg are good for the body, providing potassium, calcium, iron, and zinc.
Medicinally, nutmeg is good for some digestive and nervous disorders. Mixed with a bit of honey nutmeg can provide some relief from nausea, gastritis and indigestion ailments. It isn’t uncommon to see nutmeg used for soothing toothaches, getting rid of bad breath, and as a rub for muscular and joint relief.
It is important to note that if nutmeg is used excessively or in large quantities at one time, it can cause in some people a lack of concentration, sweating, palpitations, body pain and in severe cases of hallucinations and delirium. To much of anything is never good, so moderation is the key. Nutmeg Nutrition facts
Some further interesting facts about nutmeg are:
*Nutmeg is actually the seed of an evergreen tree found in the tropics and in some places in Florida.
*Nutmeg supplies butter and essential oils used in toiletries, medicines and in the culinary world.
*The first harvest of nutmeg trees takes place 7–9 years after planting
*During the Middle Ages Arabs traded nutmeg with the Venetians, but never disclosed the location of where the nutmeg was grown, keeping it’s whereabouts secret to profit off of it in trade, realizing the high price that could be asked for it. Later the Dutch did get control over the Banda Islands and were then able to take and grow nutmeg for themselves, as well as the British.
*Culinary recipes benefit from the use of nutmeg. This somewhat expensive spice has a saffron-like look to it when incorporated in foods. Used ground as a powder or grated, nutmeg is used as a flavor enhancer.
*Primarily in Chinese, Greek, Middle Eastern, and Indian cuisines, nutmeg is used in savory dishes. The Japanese use nutmeg introduced through the use of curry powder, and most European cooking calls for nutmeg as a main ingredient in food preparation.
Whether used as a medicine, as an anti-fungal solution, mineral or cooking spice, nutmeg is truly one of the essential and well established items found around the world. This multi-tasking seed truly has many interesting facts and history attached to it.