Why it Works: New to Nutmeg?
Most often associated with eggnog and old-fashioned cookies, nutmeg is a spice that deserves more attention. Native to New Guinea, nutmeg is the seed of a tree fruit currently grown throughout Indonesia and the Caribbean. Dark brown to black in color, nutmeg grows encased in a bright red web known more commonly as mace. Although both mace and nutmeg have similar flavors, nutmeg has a stronger citrus characteristic. For this reason, nutmeg is very good in any dessert or dish in which you would add lemon or orange zest. This includes berry pies, like this recipe, as well as white sauces, barbecued meats, and cakes. Care must be taken because both nutmeg and mace can turn bitter if cooked too long. Both spices are best if added right before serving.