Nutmeg or Myristica fragrans is the seed of the evergreen tree from the genus Myristica that releases an irresistibly warm and sweet aroma that is perfect for cakes, pies, and spirited drinks. The tree derives two spices – the seed nutmeg and its covering mace.
Grown in the tropical, humid climate of Kerala, the land of spices, organic-certified nutmeg processed by Plantrich, a leading organic spices wholesaler in India, is best when ground fresh from whole seeds. A major producer and exporter of organic spices in India through traditional farming, Plantrich’s Organic Nutmeg is used to add sweet and savoury flavour to dishes such as pies, custards, puddings, cakes, soufflés, vegetables, egg dishes, lamb, fish and beverages.
Nutmeg trees may reach a height of about 20 metres and their prime age is 25 years. They yield fruit eight years after sowing and bear fruit for 60 years or longer. The fruit is a pendulous drupe, similar in appearance to an apricot. When fully mature, it splits in two, exposing a crimson-coloured mace, surrounding a single shiny brown seed nutmeg. After collection, the nutmegs are conveyed to curing areas where the mace is removed, flattened out, and dried. Plantrich Organic Nutmegs are dried gradually in the sun and turned twice daily over a period of six to eight weeks. During this time the nutmeg shrinks away from its hard seed coat until the kernels rattle in their shells when shaken. The shell is then broken with a wooden truncheon and Plantrich Organic Nutmeg’s are picked out. The nuts and mace are dried separately on a drying yard, or on a platform arranged in a kitchen. The scarlet coloured mace gradually becomes yellowish-brown and brittle when drying is completed.
The export-quality organic-certified nutmeg supplied across the world by Plantrich, one of the most popular spice manufacturers, exporters and suppliers in India, is extensively used in traditional medicinal preparations because of its various medicinal properties. Nutmeg is used as an appetizer; it cures constipation and gallstones. Plantrich Organic Nutmeg cures keratin menstrual disorders, sexual problems and aids childbirth by strengthening contractions.
The oil extracted from Plantrich Organic Nutmeg is used in ayurvedic medicine as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, analgesic, antirheumatic, carminative, digestive, emmenagogue, parturient, stimulant laxative and tonic.