- The nutmeg tree produces the only tropical fruit that makes two different spices—nutmeg and mace.
- Nutmeg might imply it's a nut, but it's not. It's the kernel of the apricot-like fruit found on the nutmeg tree.
- During Elizabethan times, the spice was thought to ward off the plague. It didn't.
- Nutmeg tastes best when freshly grated. One whole nutmeg equals 2-3 teaspoons grated.
- Its warm, sweet-spicy flavor complements holiday cookies, eggnog and mulled cider as well as sweet potatoes, custard, soups and sauces.
Apricot Nutmeg Bread
Slices of this fruity Apricot Nutmeg Bread are good for breakfast when toasted and spread with fresh strawberry jam.
—Anna Kinney, Farmington, New Mexico
Creamy Nutmeg Chicken
Being a new mom on a small budget, I've been experimenting with chicken recipes. I actually wanted to make another dish but didn't have all the ingredients, so I substituted a few and came up with this Creamy Nutmeg Chicken recipe.
—Candi Ondracek, West Sacramento, California
Nutmeg Brussels Sprouts
This lightly spiced Nutmeg Brussels Sprouts side dish uses only a handful of ingredients for maximum ease. The trick with brussels sprouts is, don't overcook them!
—Gladys De Boer, Castleford, Idaho
Bake an extra batch of these tender, golden Nutmeg Waffles on the weekend. Eat one, then freeze the other in packages of two, to pop in the toaster and reheat on hurried mornings. Nutmeg adds to their warm, feel-good flavor!
—James Christensen, St. Anthony, Idaho
Frosted Nutmeg Logs
This is my son's favorite Christmas cookie. It is a very old recipe that I have used many times. These delightful Frosted Nutmeg Logs have great nutmeg flavor and are a perfect way to ring in the holidays.
—Janie Colle, Hutchinson, Kansas
Toffee-Pecan Nutmeg Cakes
A brown-sugar crust makes this nicely spiced snack cake a little different. It's especially good served with a scoop of ice cream. Toffee-Pecan Nutmeg Cakes are our family's most-asked-for dessert.
—Roberta Ashcroft, Twin Falls, Idaho