Pinch Of Mace Powder To Dishes

Must have seen the advertisements for these packets of spices…those if added to any dish…would give it a kick…a tangy…yummy taste…you know it would turn any bland tasting dish to this super sizzling recipe… 

Mace powder…consider it one such addition only…which…as a matter of fact…is a part of almost every second dish that is cooked in any Indian household…call it a staple spice there… 

Hmm…This Mace is the crimson hued spice or condiment…present as the second membrane covering the seed of the nutmeg fruit or the nutmeg….The taste of it is milder than that of nutmeg and is used in recipes which are delicately flavoured….and do not require a sharp and pricking smell…It consists of the essential oils…which give out its peculiar flavour and aroma….

A fine fact is that…this powder is available almost everywhere…You can find mace in almost all the grocery stores…containing spices…Also check supermarkets and food malls…It is generally available in glass bottles in powdered form or as a whole or in small pieces….Another valuable tip for you…While buying…check for the crispy nature and the red or orange intense colour of the mace…The mace powder if brown in colour…check for any lump formation in it….

This Mace powder is one amazing thing I tell you…it is used to flavour cakes and other sweets…but mace is also used in many savoury dishes…These include

  • Meats
  • Sauces
  • Curries
  • Pickling
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce

Mace can be in fact it IS used as a nutmeg substitute in most recipes….Reason being this spice is sweeter and milder…than anything else at it’s competition…

Also mace is often used in place of nutmeg when dark coloured flecks of nutmeg might ruin the appearance of certain dishes….C’mon you can well understand that not so tempting looking dishes…no matter how tasty…can repel the eaters…and gawkers…Whereas often the most nicely garnished and nicely served and coloured dishes…attract the maximum masses and most of the times they deceivingly turn out to be puke-inducing…Anyway…back to the topic…Ground mace can be substituted in light coloured sauces…clear broths…omelettes and mashed potatoes…

Take two useful tips from me..

  1. One tip I would give you is that…Crush or grind whole mace before use to release its essential oils…flavour…& aroma… 
  2. Also….Add it at the begin of the cooking process to allow its full flavour to come out…and spread… 

Hmm…enough of information now….have a look at our references now…

  1. Spice Substitution Chart by about.com
  2. Mace Powder Recipes by Yummly
  3. Herbs and Spices by apinchof.com

The Mace Tree

Heard a lot about Mace essential oil…its numerous benefits…highly impressive…one of those things that if you have one…you are sorted for an amazingly long time…

All good and all nice…Mace essential oil…But what if one can keep the whole source of this tree with oneself?

Didn’t get it? What I mean to say is…Grow a Mace tree in your backyard…not too bad an idea…what say?

Hmm…Let me help you with that…I’ll brief you from the scratch as to what all are you supposed to do…to grow this magic tree in your backyard…

Started from its origination…The nutmeg tree or call it the Mace tree…scientif name being Myristica fragrans…is native to Moluccas in East Indonesia…famously called the Spice Islands…The first commercial or I should say the official commercial plantations were in Granada…This Tree yields two spices…nutmeg which is the kernel of the seed…and mace which is the net like crimson colored leathery outer growth (called aril) covering the shell of the seed…Nutmeg and mace are the fruits of a spreading evergreen tree that grows to a height of 20m….Mainly it is produced in these countries-

  • Indonesia
  • Grenada
  • Sri Lanka
  • Trinidad
  • China
  • India

Okay…what all is needed to grow the tree is…

This tree requires a deep…well-drained loamy sandy soil…Shade is required for the first two to three years….Temperature between 20-30°C and the annual rainfall between 1500-2500mm is enough for its lush growth…

It’s an unfortunate thing but half the trees are male and hence they do not produce any kind of fruit…And to add on to the helplessness…the sex of the plants cannot be identified until they are six to eight years old…But relax…that is like the only sad part to it…

When it’s comes to propagation…Then Propagation should be from mother trees selected for their regular bearing…high yields…large nuts and heavy mace…And as a matter of fact…Mace is also an excellent spice…When talking of the quantitative criteria for selection…it is as below…

  1. Large number of fruits per tree ….over 10 000 per year
  2. Wet weight of fruits ….over 30g per fruit
  3. Wet weight of mace….over 1g per fruit
  4. Wet weight of nuts….over 10g per nut

To ensure the best quality of the tree…The soil should consist of a mixture of measures of-

  • Well-composted manure…
  • Topsoil…
  • Coarse sand…

For enhancements…One per cent rock phosphate can be added to the mixture…The seeds should be lightly buried so that part of the shell is exposed…they should be watered and left in the shade to germinate…Germination takes between four and eight weeks…The seedlings should remain in the shade for six to eight months…

Then for your further information…Before field plantin…temporary shade from either of the following has to be established…

  • Gliricidia…
  • Dadap…
  • Cocoa
  • Banana

And remember this shading and all should strictly be done six to twelve months before planting…And also note that the seedlings are planted at the beginning of the rainy season…There should be bench terracing at the base of the seedling…particularly on sloping land…of approximately half a meter in diameter…Inward sloping terracing will help to keep soil erosion to a minimum…The terracing can be increased as the tree grows…

Then coming to the part of parasites…The top one being…Weeds…Weds should be kept in check by occasional slashing and the cut material can be applied to the base of the trees in the form of mulch…Additional fertilizer is not generally applied…

Shading can be gradually removed after two to three years…Seedlings can be planted close together so that later on when the male trees have been identified…after the first flowering of course…most of them can be removed…as they do not bear fruit. Some male trees must remain for pollination; a ratio of 1:10 is common…

As we go further…again it is important for you to note that pruning will help to maintain flower…fruit and seed production…Water shoots…upright branches…dead wood…and some lower branches can be removed….

As such there’s nothing much to worry except for this disease called Nutmeg Wilt…occurrence of which will make the plant wilt and drop leaves and fruit…Sadly there is no definitive treatment…Fruit rot has been recorded in India and a  thread blight in Grenada and Trinidad…This can be a case that the soil fungi attack nutmeg trees…The main pests are borers…or bark beetles…which are small dark brown weevils about 3mm long…

Hmm…I think that is enough information for you to go a full-fledged tree in your backyard…For more info…consult our reference links…

  1. Mace by helpwithcooking.com
  2. Mace Family by bpb
  3. Nutmeg by science.jrank.org

Mace Oil – At Your Service

Mace essential oil is one amazing essential oil that works for about ill of humans and in some cases even of cats and dogs…The oil has a great reputation among manufacturers of the essential oils…

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans) has been used for centuries, particularly as a remedy for kidney and digestive problems; Nutmeg oil is obtained from an evergreen tree of the Myristicaeae plant family. The tree grows up to sixty five feet in height with small, yellow flowers and fruit, shaped like a small peach; the bark of the tree is smooth and gray-brown in color. It is native to the Molucca Islands and cultivated in the West Indies, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

It is dried seed of the nutmeg tree fruit which belongs to the genus Myristica. It is a tiny package with various big benefits. It is used for medicinal purpose and also for culinary purpose. Nutmeg is also recognized as –

  • Jaiphal
  • Myristica
  • Muscdier
  • Myristica fragrans
  • Mace
  • Noz moscada
  • Magic
  • Muskatbaum
  • Nuez moscada
  • Nux moschata

Nutmeg tree grows in Malaysia, Indonesia, West Indies and SriLanka as well as produce both nutmeg and mace. Mace is the lacy reddish membrane of the seed which is also used as the spice.

Ancient Indian and Chinese royalty carried ground Nutmeg in small, ivory boxes and added the substance to drinks for hallucinogenic reasons; in Malaysia, pregnant women used Nutmeg in the final weeks of their confinement in the belief it would strengthen the uterine muscle for labor. The Romans used Nutmeg to make incense.

Nutmeg was considered to be a valuable spice for trading; both the British and the French smuggled Nutmeg seeds in the eighteenth century. By the nineteenth century, ground Nutmeg was being used in many English recipes; it became a popular addition to Christmas eggnog in the United States.

Nutmeg oil is obtained from the kernel of the fruit and the outer layer of the fruit also produces another spice, Mace; the essential oil of Nutmeg is extracted by steam distillation of the kernel seed. Nutmeg oil is primarily made up of the chemical component of monoterpenes hydrocarbons (including camphene, dipentene, pinene, sabinene and cymene) but also includes geraniol, borneol and linalol.
Alright, have a look at our reference links now…

  1. Mace Spice by India Net Zone
  2. Mace Spice by Wise Geek
  3. Mace Substitute by about.com

Mace Oil – Ample Benefits In Store

A fine fact is that…this powder is available almost everywhere…You can find mace in almost all the grocery stores…containing spices…Also check supermarkets and food malls…It is generally available in glass bottles in powdered form or as a whole or in small pieces….Another valuable tip for you…While buying…check for the crispy nature and the red or orange intense colour of the mace…The mace powder if brown in colour…check for any lump formation in it….

This Mace powder is one amazing thing I tell you…it is used to flavour cakes and other sweets…but mace is also used in many savoury dishes…These include

  • Meats
  • Sauces
  • Curries
  • Pickling
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce

Mace can be in fact it IS used as a nutmeg substitute in most recipes….Reason being this spice is sweeter and milder…than anything else at it’s competition…

Also mace is often used in place of nutmeg when dark coloured flecks of nutmeg might ruin the appearance of certain dishes….C’mon you can well understand that not so tempting looking dishes…no matter how tasty…can repel the eaters…and gawkers…Whereas often the most nicely garnished and nicely served and coloured dishes…attract the maximum masses and most of the times they deceivingly turn out to be puke-inducing…Anyway…back to the topic…Ground mace can be substituted in light coloured sauces…clear broths…omelettes and mashed potatoes…

Take two useful tips from me..

  1. One tip I would give you is that…Crush or grind whole mace before use to release its essential oils…flavour…& aroma…
  2. Also….Add it at the begin of the cooking process to allow its full flavour to come out…and spread…

Hmm…enough of information now….have a look at our references now…

  1. Spice Substitution Chart by about.com
  2. Mace Powder Recipes by Yummly
  3. Herbs and Spices by apinchof.com

Best Natural Cure For Asthma – Mace Essential Oil

Fed up of using those inhalers…fighting asthma with the help of those became tough for my sister…she started feeling dick…like a patient…she wanted to go the natural way…our granny wasn’t there to guide us through the best natural ways to fight asthma…so she did this little survey and most of the people suggested to her that Mace oil was the best natural cure to asthma…

I’ll tell you something about it…As a matter of fact this Mace oil form an important ingredient in many cough syrups and cold rubs as it is extremely helpful in relieving cough and cold…It is also an old and renowned oil as far as treating asthma is concerned…

It is nothing that happened recently…In fact Mace has always been considered to be a useful medicine in a number of Asian societies…Among the Arabs…the sheiks…it has been used to treat digestive problems and also been valued as an aphrodisiac…the Indians used it to combat asthma and heart complaints and still use it as a sedative… Heard of Nicholas Culpeper? Yes I mean the same the famous English herbalist…attributes to nutmeg…Mace the capacity to induce sound sleep and quiet smooth breathing…

William Salmon…his counterpart…on the other hand…said that the oil of mace or nutmegs…if applied on the right places…can induce sexual passion (Hence…echoing the Arabs’ use of its aphrodisiac qualities)….

The use of Mace as a magical medicine continued far into the twentieth century in England….The belief that carrying Mace in the pocket could cure various complaints has been recorded from various parts of the country…Also in Yorkshire it was considered as the best way to relieve rheumatic pain…in Lincolnshire it was said to cure backache and in Devon it was eaten to clear up boils…Elsewhere it was used by gardeners as a prophylactic measure against the occupational hazard of backache….As late as 1966 a Hampshire coalman who suffered from lumbago was told to carry Mace…and when he did so he swore he never suffered from it again…This oil was also believed to be lucky in gambling….Now thats some funny history of it…A newspaper article from the mid-1960s reported that an individual sprinkled nutmeg powder on their football pools coupon and…on the advice of a gypsy…left it for twenty-four hours before posting it…

Mace contains myristicin…a substance that can cause drowsiness…(warm milk and grated Mace at bedtime will promote sleep)…When taken in moderation it may alleviate nausea…vomiting…flatulence and diarrhoea

 Okay now please check out our reference links…

  1. Herbs and Spices by Herbs
  2. Nutmeg by Chest of Books
  3. Nutmeg benefits by Dr.Veena Deo

Lets Care For Ourselves – Lets Use Mace Oil

Since ancient times nutmeg and its oil were being used in Chinese and Indian traditional medicines for illnesses related to the nervous and digestive systems. The compounds in this spice such as myristicin and elemicin have been found to have stimulant properties on brain.

Nutmeg oil contains eugenol, which has been used in dentistry for toothache relief. The oil is also used as a local massage to reduce muscular pain and rheumatic pain of joints.

Freshly prepared decoction with honey mix has been used to relief of -

  • Nausea
  • Gastritis
  • Indigestion ailments

The trees which produce both nutmeg and mace are large evergreens native to the Moluccas but which are now grown elsewhere in the tropics, notably Grenada in the West Indies. The trees can reach a height of 18-24 m (60-80 ft), and are either male or female. One male per ten to twelve female trees is the norm in plantations, resulting in them being known as harem trees!

The trees do not flower or fruit until about eight or nine years old (thus cannot be sexed until then) and yield about 100 fruits; by the time they are 30 years old, they can yield an average crop of 3 – 4,000 fruit a year. Trees (Myristica fragrans) can bear for a good 70 years.

Yellowish flowers are followed by large yellow apricot- or plum-like fruits. When they split open, these reveal the black seed (the nutmeg) wrapped in its red lacy aril (the mace). Both spices are dried separately, and the major producers are the Moluccas and Grenada, the latter exporting some 2,000 tonnes to the US each year. Nutmeg has always been more available and popular than mace, which is much more expensive; this is not surprising as mace equals one-fifth of the weight of the whole seed, and only 75 g (3 oz) mace are gained from 100 nutmegs.

Go through these reference links now -

  1. Mace info by www.drugs.com
  2. Mace and nutmeg fruit by Spices
  3. Mace by Mrs.M.Grieve

Maintain Personal Hygiene With Mace Oil

A cell phone…Such a prolific device no?

I mean be it making a call…video call…exchanging texts…clicking a picture…making a video or audio recording…surfing the web…exploring locations…listening to music…uploading…downloading…Everything! You can do it all by jut using a cell phone!

So convenient…similarly…what if you just had one thing that would solve your entire personal hygiene crisis?

Something like Mace Essential oil…

One oil that happily shoulder all the responsibilities of your immediate personal hygiene…Here’s disclosing top 5 uses of Mace essential oil for personal hygiene

  1. Mace can be used in a bath both for therapy and pleasure! Add the oil to the bath water preferably dilute it in a tablespoon of vegetable oil…a teaspoon of honey…or half a cup of milk…(Just to tell you…Honey and milk are excellent emulsifiers and will help Mace essential oil to disperse in the water)…Mace is gentle and non-irritant…in other words the best one can use during bathing…Use up to eight drops of Mace essential oil or blend…Run the bath as usual and add the essential oil (or mixture) to the water…Keep the bathroom door closed to ensure that the aroma does not disperse…Swish the water around vigorously before getting in… 
  2. Hmm…moving on to the next point of personal hygiene maintenance…There are many essential oils which have a clearing effect and are recommended to support the respiratory system…Among these Mace holds the highest spot…Prepare a blend of 10-20 drops of essential oil in 30ml of Mace oil and rub on the chest and upper back…it’ll relieve you to the hilt… 
  3. Okay…now coming to the oral health…Gargling with Mace oil can have numerous benefits…Here’s what you ought to do…First thoroughly mix the essential oil in a teaspoon of honey…Then dilute with warm water until the honey is dissolved… Gargle with a small amount and spit out…Use 1-2 drops per 30 ml of warm water…Repeat the process daily and you’ll experience a notable change in your coughing…mucus formation and other oral problems… 
  4. Another trick is to sprinkle a few drops of Mace oil onto a handkerchief or tissue… and inhale as required…Alternatively add three drops of Mace oil to a bowl of steaming water…Cover your head with a large towel…close your eyes…put your face above the water and inhale deeply…Repeat as required…and experience the difference… 
  5. And last but surely…certainly…absolutely NOT the least…The antiseptic and antibacterial effect of Mace oil can be perfect for freshening the breath and to help maintain healthy gums…and bacteria free mouth…All you are required to do is simply add a few drops of Mace oil to a cup of water…and swill around the mouth…Remember not to swallow…and you’ll be sorted…

Handy points no? Okay now please check out our reference links now… 

  1. Mace health benefits by Organic facts
  2. Herbs and Spices by bpb
  3. Mace oil by Health Discussions Organization

Insomniac Like Enrique? Tune in With Mace

Either limitless agony or boundless ecstasy can make you an insomniac…I have been through both…and became an absolute night’s child…

It’s true I’m not entirely blameless, I’ve conformed to the conventional tea-coffee culture we live in, and have caffeine nearly every day …I can’t remember my sleep ever being continuous throughout the night and my caffeine intake seems to go up and up…

That’s when an aunt told me to resort to natural remedies…the best I found was Mace essential oil…

Let me make you aware of the insomnia fighting herb…Mace (basically the outer covering) contain this thing called myristicin…its actually a substance that can cause drowsiness…and in cases like insomnia…warm milk and grated Mace at bedtime will undoubtedly promote sleep…Also when taken in moderation they may alleviate

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhoea

Mace is a potent sleep promoter…though kindly take my suggestion and do not exceed a teaspoon of it…

You know these insomnia and sleeping disorders which affect many people mainly because of stress…anxiety…depression…fear and natural aging…( Like I mentioned before)…Few other nervous problems can also be the root cause for such sleeping troubles….Sleeping disorders are not dangerous if they are checked in the initial stages…There are certain essential oils that can help you in supporting sleeping problems…

Mace oil acts as a good sedative…stimulant and is hypnotic in nature….The Flavonoids and vitamin-B complex present in this activate the secretion of certain enzymes and hormones which are calming and hypnotic in nature…These effects induce good sleep….

This oil has a calming effect and relaxes the mind and body…It soothes painful muscles and calms down the mind and senses…Mace oil is used for treating insomnia and other sleeping disorders for its relaxing and calming properties…

In clear words…Mace is the best cure for preventing insomnia….It acts as a mild sedative and facilitates good sleep…This oil helps in supporting a problem-free and peaceful sleep…

And even the problems related to blood and nervous system are cured with the help of Mace essential oil…With its holistic fragrance it can calm down the nerves…This helps in curing severe headaches…migraine attacks…depression…anxiety…stress and tension…It helps cure insomnia and other sleeping disorders…Mace essential oil also helps in enhancing blood circulation and regulating hypertension and other blood disorders…It is a natural…non-toxic…non-irritant…calming and relaxing oil…It induces good sleep and also treats insomnia effectively….

Hmm…so aware of all its goods…check out our reference links…

  1. Cure insomnia naturally by bpb
  2. Mace and Nutmeg Fruit by indianetzone
  3. Natural Home Remedies by Speedy Remedies

Chef’s Favourite Spice – Mace

Whenever my mom used to mutton stew…I saw her secretly adding this powder to it…and the taste of the dish and its aroma…used to be wild-hunger-instigating…There were certain aunts whose lives revolved around their kitchen and food…they kept prodding mom to disclose to them the complete recipe of the stew to which mom modestly pretended to shy away and fobbed them off saying there was nothing special or unusual about the dish…

 I was never a kitchen person…so tho’ I knew there always was something ‘special’ in mom’s ‘usual’ dishes…but never bothered to ask…But today when I have to cook myself…I realize…I should’ve asked mom her ‘secret’ spice… 

And again…I feel it’s okay…what are search engines for? Laying the ins and outs in front of you at just a click…And that’s exactly how I got to know about this spice called ‘Mace’… 

I’ll brief you about this wonderful and now a part of my secret pack of ‘spices’…Mace is the aril (it’s the bright red…lacy covering) of the nutmeg seed shell…The mace actually is removed from the shell and its broken parts that are called blades…And it’s a fact that the past of mace is closely tied to the history of nutmeg…though the two items have been treated separately…Because the yield of mace is much less than nutmeg’s it has had greater value…A pile of fruit large enough to make one hundred pounds of nutmeg produces a single pound of mace… 

I think I should brief you of its related history simultaneously…It’s of the time when the Dutch controlled the Moluccas (the Spice Islands)…one colonial administrator sent orders that the colonists should plant fewer nutmeg trees and more mace trees…Reason being…Mace had made a market and place for itself…
I am sure you must be eager to know about the itself now…hmm…Well…In its natural state…mace is a bright crimson lace up to 35 mm long…encasing the brown nutmeg in irregular…fleshy lobes…As it is dries…it develops its characteristic aroma but loses its bright red colour…Mace from the West Indies is a yellowish brown colour and with fewer holes than mace from East Indian nutmegs which are more orange when dried….The mace from either locale can become brittle and horny…though the best quality mace will retain some pliability and release a  little oil when squeezed…It is also sold ground and sometimes  still enclosing the nutmeg…

There is not much of preservations needed for this ultimate spice…Dried mace pieces are not easy to crush….Ready-ground mace is easier to use…but will deteriorate much more quickly…Whole mace pieces can be steeped in liquid and then the liquid can be used…or the mace pieces can be removed after cooking…You know just one ‘blade’ is strong enough to add taste to a meal of almost four to six portions….

You won’t be surprised to know…Like I mentioned initially…Mace and nutmeg are very similar…though mace is somewhat more powerful…Mace is a lighter colour and can be used in  light-coloured dishes where the darker flecks of nutmeg would be undesirable….A small amount will enhance many recipes…adding fragrance without imposing too much taste…Mace works especially well with milk dishes like custards and cream  sauces…It contributes to flavouring light-coloured cakes and pastries…especially donuts…Mace is an exotic spice…It can enhance clear and creamed  soups and casseroles…chicken pies and sauces…Adding some to mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes creates a more interesting  side dish…Some beverages improve with a little mace…especially chocolate drinks and tropical punches…

Phew! That’s too much work for one little spice…But bravo…I love it

Okay…Go through the content of our reference links now…

  1. Mace Recipes by about.com
  2. History of Mace Spice by Peggy Trowbridge Filippone
  3. Mace…Indian Spice by indanetzone

Mace Oil Targets The Throbbing Head

Frankly a lot of effective medicines are being sold in the market to target headaches…but you know what! Even in times like now…the fittest and lasting survivors are those who respect and use the bounties of nature even for the most minor of ills…

Mace essential oil…I don’t know if you have heard about it before…But I am here to tell you of the magic of this amazing oil…

Nothing serves as a better refuge from headaches than this natural..this nature’s pet…Mace essential oil…

Let me enlighten you about this liquid…Nutmeg oil is also extracted from Myristica fragrans of the myristicaceae family and the oil is distilled from the dried seeds…The oil is colourless or light yellow and smells and tastes of nutmeg….
This warming spicy essential oil is used in aroma therapy to fight inflammations and muscle as well as rheumatic pain…while assisting the digestive system and supporting the reproductive system…and at the same time stimulating and invigorating the mind…Isn’t that an unusual quality of the oil?

Read on..

Using Mace oil can make aromatherapy treatments for headaches to heat in a diffuser… drizzle in a bath…massage directly onto your temples or wear as a perfume….Mace essential oil acts as a general headache remedy…

Mace (basically the outer covering) both contain myristicin…a substance that can cause drowsiness…(warm milk and grated nutmeg at bedtime will promote sleep)…When taken in moderation they may alleviate nausea…vomiting…flatulence and diarrhoea…but taken in large quantities they become toxic… 

Here a fantastic quick remedy of headache for you…

Sterilize a 6-oz. dark glass bottle….Place the bottle and lid in small pot of water and heat the water to a rolling boil….After boiling for at least a minute…turn off the heat and allow the water to cool….Once at a comfortable temperature…remove the bottle and led and leave them upside down to dry….

Measure carefully into the bottle 30 drops of Mace essential oil….depending on your type of headache….On top…pour 4 tbsp. of sweet almond oil…1 tbsp. of jojoba oil and 1 tsp. of vitamin E oil…

Lastly Cap the bottle and shake it gently….Use the remedy now if you like…but make sure that the oils blend properly by shaking the bottle 2 or 3 times each day for the first 3 days…

Nice no? Quickly check out our reference links for more such recipes…

  1. Nutmeg and Mace by helpwithcooking.com
  2. Recipe for headache by ehow
  3. Mace by Herbs and Spices