Nutmeg is a spice that comes from the seed of the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans. It is native to the Moluccas, a group of islands in Indonesia, but is now widely cultivated in other parts of the world, including India, Sri Lanka, and the Caribbean. Nutmeg has a warm, sweet, and slightly nutty flavor and is commonly used in cooking and baking.
Here are some common ways to use nutmeg in cooking:
- Baked goods: Nutmeg is commonly used in baked goods such as cakes, cookies, and pies. It pairs well with ingredients such as apples, pears, and pumpkin.
- Savory dishes: Nutmeg can be used to add flavor to savory dishes such as creamy pasta sauces, quiches, and gratins.
- Beverages: Nutmeg is used in the preparation of several beverages such as eggnog, chai tea, and mulled wine.
- Spice blends: Nutmeg is an ingredient in several spice blends such as garam masala, ras el hanout, and pumpkin pie spice.
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