Top 15 Healthy Spices from India

10) Nutmeg


Nutmeg is a spice that is produced from a fruit. The trees of more than 25 feet in height produces fruit, from which the bright attractive mace covered with hard black coloured shiny shells of seeds, are obtained. These are what called nutmeg and is used particularly in sweet dishes. The outer fleshy cover of the fruit can be r pickled or crystallized or used in savoury dishes by making it into jellies. As spice, the nutmeg is used in the grounding of meat products, soups, sauces, baked foods, puddings, and confectionaries, seasoning food or vegetables and many more. In which form it is used? The answer is, mostly in powdered form. It can be used in wide varies such as, essential oils, nutmeg butter and extracted oleoresins. Nutmeg has some sensory qualities with a slightly sweeter and more delicate flavour.

In India, states particularly Kerala (in Malabar region), nutmeg is not only used as spice, but also considered for medicinal principles. The flesh is made into pickles, juice, and chutney, while the grated or powdered nutmeg is used in preparation of meats. These may also include in the flavour content for desserts. It is served in small quantities for infants as a medicine. In garam masala, (the ingredient commonly used for most of the Indian cuisines) it is also used in small quantities.

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