Myristica fragrans: Nutmeg


The nutmeg tree is any of several species of trees in genus Myristica. The most important commercial species is Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas [Spice Islands] of Indonesia. The nutmeg tree is important for two spices derived from the fruit: nutmeg and mace.

In Sulawesi the entire ripe fruit is peeled and split into two and fruit halves [after the mace and nutmeg are removed] are spread out, sprinkled with sugar, and left for three or four days in the sun. After this treatment they have become translucent, with a pale brown tinge from the sugar, and are slightly fermented. They can be eaten as they are, as a snack food or at the end of a meal.

Photo: SBWR, SIngapore 20100508

Source: Wikipedia

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