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Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans)
The fruit of the nutmeg tree which produces two spices, nutmeg and mace. The former is the seed within the fruit, while mace is the outer frond-like covering of the nutmeg.
Both are sold dried, and either whole or ground. They are both better bought whole, and ground freshly, or they lose their flavour.
Nutmeg was so popular in the 17th and 18th centuries that people carried their own graters to add freshly-grated nutmeg to their food and drink.
Nutmeg adds character to puddings and white sauces and is particularly good with spinach.
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