Nutmeg is essential to Western cooking. It’s one of the three spices, along with clove and mace, that originated in Indonesia’s Spice Islands, and has been traded over vast distances at great expense for thousands of years. It has only been recently discovered that it thrives in other terroirs as well- in this case, Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan Nutmeg is perfect for both sweet or savory recipes. For optimum freshness and aroma, wait until the last moment before grinding or grating.
A pinch of nutmeg improves most dishes. Like mace, nutmeg has flavor binding capabilities. Nutmeg can be added to cheese dishes, potato au gratin, Shepherd’s pie and rum punch. Try nutmeg in root vegetable purees such as parsnips, carrots or roasted squash.