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 Essential Oil – A Stress Buster

Sometimes just listening to a favourite genre of music offers the best refuge from the most gruelling of days…sometimes even the best holiday cannot offer one…the same comfort and ease…the mental piece…

Times in life when you come across situations…nightmares…which you even avoided thinking about because even their slightest thoughts rendered you numb…coming face to face with such situations…drains you of all your strengths and resources and mental acuity…Those are times when nothing seems to work…just questions hovering you…

It would be absurd and inadequate to say that in times like these the application of a mere oil could do any amount of good…but well…can’t deny how a simple liquid…it smell…its sensations can distract you from all the evils in your life…for that peaceful ‘some’ time..

Mace essential Oil is a stress buster…

The health benefits of mace oil include its ability to treat

  • Stress
  • Indigestion
  • Blood pressure
  • Cough
  • Pain
  • Bad breadth
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Heart disorders

All these benefits of this amazing stress buster is the result of its medicinal properties which are

  • Sedative
  • Stimulant
  • Relaxing
  • Anti inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Bactericide

Mace oil is basically the covering of the seed called nutmeg…it was traditionally believed to be very effective against this disease called ‘plague’ and hence was illustrious during the reign of Elizabeth…

Mace oil is very useful for treating muscular and joint pain and sores as it is an excellent sedative…This oil is also anti-inflammatory and therefore massaging the part that is in pain with Mace oil is an effective treatment for arthritis…rheumatism…lumbago…Mace oil is an essential part of the Chinese medicine when it comes to treating abdominal pain…and inflammation…It reduces the swelling of joints…When overexertion leads to body or muscle ache…In such cases nutmeg oil can be very useful to remove the pain.

Not only this Mace oil is a good stimulant not just for the mind but also for the entire body…Its relaxing aroma comforts the body…increases blood circulation and therefore helps those who have poor blood circulation….Some women often face menstrual irregularities and have menstrual cramps….Mace oil is very helpful for these people too…

Mace oil…Let me tell you how it acts as a stress buster…basically it stimulates the brain and therefore removes mental exhaustion and stress….It is also believed that Mace oil improves the quality of your dreams…making them more intense and colourful…It is a good remedy for anxiety as well as depression you know…This oil is often used in homeopathy…In the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations…Mace was popular as an effective brain tonic in spite of its high cost and rarity…It also enhances concentration and increases your overall efficiency at study and work…Mace oil also stimulates the cardiovascular system and therefore is a good tonic for the heart…

Have a look at the reference links…

  1. Essential Oil by Ray Sahelian
  2. Properties of oils by Health
  3. Nutmeg by Sweet Additions

Mace – The Ace Oil

Mace essential oil, another wonder of the earth. Though it isn’t counted amongst the 7 wonders of the earth, but trust me it’s no less. The oil has properties that can render even the most aware wonder-struck.

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.

Mace the tree is a small evergreen, not more than 40 feet in height, with smooth, grayish-brown bark, green on the younger branches. The alternate leaves are oblong-ovate, acute, entire, smooth, and dark-green. The flowers are very small and unisexual. The fruits, smooth and yellow, resemble a pear grooved by a longitudinal furrow and containing a single erect seed about 1 1/4 inches long. The nucleus being the wrinkled nutmeg. The fleshy, irregular covering, scarlet when fresh and drying, yellow and brittle, is the mace. The essential oil is made by steam (or water) distillation of the dried orange-brown aril or husk.

The Properties of this oil being –

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-emetic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Carminative
  • Digestive
  • Emmenagogue
  • Larvicidal
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic

Mace essential oil, can be used for flatulent dyspepsia, nausea, diarrhea, dysentery and rheumatism. Both Mace and Nutmeg help digestion in stomach weakness, but if used in excess may cause over-excitement. They increase circulation and body heat. They have been employed in pestilential and putrid fevers, and with other substances in intermittent fevers, and enter into the composition of many French medicaments.

Mace essential oil, Myristica fragrans,  blends well with the following essential oils: oak moss, lavandin, bay leaf, Peru balsam, orange, Geranium, clary sage, rosemary, lime, petitgrain, mandarin, coriander, and other spice oils.

Cautions – Mace is generally non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. However, used in large doses there may be signs of toxicity such as nausea, stupor, and tachycardia, believed to be due to the myristcin content.

Alright, have a look at our reference links –

  1. Mace Essential Oil by About
  2. Mace Spice by Wise Geek
  3. Mace Oil by Net

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 – A Relief From Gout

When I was a little kid..I remember I had this Mathematics teacher of mine…whenever she used to write on the board…I couldn’t help but notice the deformity of her right hand…they were red…kind of swollen and..slant…tilt…I don’t know how to put it…but they were unusual and obviously I could never gather courage to ask her about it…

When I grew up…I realized and understood what her problem was…she was suffering from gout…

This problem today has become a very common phenomenon…

I’ll give you a brief account of the disease…

Traditionally it was called the “disease of kings” because it long has been associated incorrectly with gorging on a lot on delicacies and exotic wines…which eventually led to this disease…and also that the treatment for this disease was way too expensive back then that only the elite class could afford it…But also as a fact…anyone can be affected and also the risk factors are vary vastly…

But now…things…equipment and methods of treatment have changed for the better and hence it can be said for the record that…it is possible to treat gout and reduce its attacks by avoiding the food that triggers it…

It is an incapacitating disease…It is painful and potentially disabling form of arthritis that has been recognized since ancient times…Initial symptoms usually consist of intense episodes of painful swelling in single joints…most often in the feet (especially the big toe)…Treatments are available to control most cases of gout…but the tough part of this disease is its diagnosis and also the treatment is a subjective issue…as in different ones suffering need different kind of attention and treatment…

Common Symptoms Being…

  • Treatment options exist…but therapy should be tailored for each individual…
  • Intense painful joint swelling…most often in the feet (and especially the big toe)…may indicate gout…
  • Avoiding alcohol and certain fish and meats may help prevent further gout attacks…

Hidden from your knowledge there are numerous magical herbs that do wonders for this disease…just one of them being…Mace Essential Oil…

Before I go down to the nitty-gritty of this magical oil…hammer a few points in your mind…

  1. Avoid alcohol and smoking, as they can precipitate the conditions of gouts….
  2. Avoid alcohol and smoking…as they can precipitate the conditions of gouts…
  3. Do not keep your joints fixed in one position for a long period of time…Maintain some amount of movement in them all the time…
  4. Do not keep your joints fixed in one position for a long period of time. Maintain some amount of movement in them all the time….
  5. Most important of all preventions for gout is to keep the weight under check…This keeps your digestive system working fine and ensures proper expulsion of the waste products from the body….
  6. Most important of all preventions for gout is to keep the weight under check…This keeps your digestive system working fine and ensures proper expulsion of the waste products from the body….

Mace Essential Oil To Rescue…

This oil….Mace…or call it warming spicy essential oil…it is used in aromatherapy 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….Mace oil is considered non-toxic…non-irritant and non-sensitizing…That’s how it does the wonders…

Also…the therapeutic properties of Nutmeg oil are-

  • Analgesic
  • Anti rheumatic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative
  • Digestive
  • Emmenagogue
  • Laxative
  • Parturient
  • Stimulant
  • Tonic

Here’s a quick recipe for you…try it and see the visible and sensuous difference…Make an ash by putting fire to the “Indian Reed – Mace” leaves and mix this ash with sesame seed oil…Applying of this solution on gout effected area helps give relief and also helps to cure gout…

Okay now check out our reference links…

  1. Fast facts about gout by bpb
  2. Treating gout naturally by ehow
  3. Herbs and Oils by www.joellessacredgrove.com

Mace Oil’s Multiple Magic Wands

You know there is this Indian Goddess which has multiple hands…and the Hindus believe that the Goddess does multiple chores with all her hands…and keeps all their worries…tensions and problems at bay with each hand…and she is hence worshipped by them…

I was awestruck to read about this Goddess of Hindu mythology…and I know it is bizarre enough…but I thought what if God too really created something which would help us deal with almost all our problems…wouldn’t it be just great??

That is exactly when I got my answer…Mace essential oil…I know the comparison is rather bizarre…but think about it for yourself…

This Mace oil has a nutty…spicy and soft aroma and is basically obtained through steam distillation from the dried seed of the myristica fragrans nutmeg tree species….Nutmeg oil is used in

  • Aromatherapy…
  • Ointments…
  • Fragrances…
  • Perfumes…
  • Soaps…
  • Candles…
  • Dental products…
  • Hair care products…

If you search for its medicinal background…you will be surprised to know…how prolific this little plant is!

I’ll disclose it’s few secrets…stay glued..

As medicinal oil…massaging the temples with nutmeg oil may help relieve headaches…
Try Adding 1 drop of nutmeg oil in tea or hot water may help relive fever and even nasal congestion caused by the common cold or flu…You can also use it as steam therapy and inhale the steam…

You can intake it…consume it…because as a matter of fact…Drinking nutmeg tea may also provide relief from kidney and stomach cramps and diarrhoea…Not only this…It also aids digestion and is used as a home remedy for flatulence….Also Gargling using nutmeg tea may help treat bad breath….Another way to take it internally is to add a drop of nutmeg oil to a glass of milk or soya juice…

Diffusing nutmeg oil and inhaling the fragrance can help you rejuvenate…feel uplifted…stimulated and energized…It is helpful as home remedy for anxiety…depression and stress….The most amazing quality of this oil being…that it also improves blood circulation and blood flow and stimulates the cardiovascular system

When used topically…nutmeg oil may provide relief from joint inflammation and muscle pains such as arthritis and rheumatism because of its anti-inflammatory properties…

Applying a dab of nutmeg oil on a sore tooth or gum may numb the pain while you wait to see your dentist…

And also as a secret this Nutmeg essential oil is also used as an aphrodisiac…It is used as a remedy to treat impotence and frigidity and may also support the reproductive system…In certain cultures…nutmeg is used to support contractions during childbirth…

Always use nutmeg essential oil in moderation as a high dosage is known to provide a toxic and hallucinogenic effect….you know hallucination and all…This is actually due to the presence of myristicin in the oil….which does the wonders..

Anyway now please quickly check out our links…i mean reference links of course…

  1. Nutmeg Spice by Power Your Diet
  2. Nutmeg oil by Organic Facts
  3. Nutmeg & Mace by Daniele Ryman

Say Goodbye To Painful Piles – Mace Oil

As a matter of fact…Piles is generally used as a loose common term to include piles, haemorrhoids…fistulas and fissures with skin tags…which in reality is not the case to a certain extent…

I’ll clarify your doubts…Fistulas are basically an abnormal small opening next to the anus from where discharge keeps occurring…This is due to a tunnel like tract between the anal canal and the skin….

Also understand that fissure with skin tags lead to painful bleeding due to a small cut at the anal margin….It is usually associated with skin tags that are mistakenly called piles….This condition resolves in majority of the patients by use of creams and medicines to treat constipation…Skin tags can sometimes be a source of great irritation due to micro-incontinence….

And now for your doubt…Piles…the real ones are those that are present with painless BLEEDING due to swelling up of blood vessels in the anal canal…you know there might be blood in your stool…you can see it when you excrete…it might be painless at the time when you do…but it can be painful to see that red liquid in the faeces..

Mace essential Oil To Rescue

Heard of Mace oil or Nutmeg or Mystica Fragrans or Jaiphal?

Well…I would say it is time for you to say goodbye to those bitter tablets…go the natural way…the way our great grand parents did…

This Mace oil is always used in foods…especially in desserts in India…Okay that has nothing to do with piles…but was just telling you…hmm…It is considered as a precious herb because of the enormous medicinal properties of its seeds…Cure for numerous problems…just one of them being piles…

The most important quality in the use of Mace…as a small dose it does not produce any side effects….when you use it for a problem like piles…Effects of Mace include a narcotic effect when taken in large doses….so be a little careful while handling…Use it in optimum amounts…

Mace is

  • Aromatic
  • Stimulant
  • sleep inducing
  • carminative
  • intoxicating
  • digestive tonic
  • an aphrodisiac
  • A relief from piles

Islamic scholars from historical times described Mace as stimulating…intoxicating…digestive tonic and as an aphrodisiac…Like I just mentioned…. Dr. Paracelsus Loni cerus and Mathiolus in their research on Mace described it as a gastric tonic..and a natural and herbal medicine for piles

It encourages appetite and averts constipation…fights gallstones and is also a tonic for the reproductive system…while regulating scanty periods…relieving frigidity and impotence…It can aid births by strengthening contractions…and relieve from the pain of piles…

Check out our reference links…

  1. Nutmeg by Dr.Veena Deo
  2. Nutrition Facts by power Your Diet
  3. All about mace by Spice Pages

Mace Oil – Info Barrel

What I read was that the spice mace has a similar flavor to nutmeg and is made from the outer covering of the nutmeg shell…Although the spices come from the same plant…mace is more expensive due to lower-yield volume…Mace is more potent then nutmeg and is often used as a nutmeg substitute in lesser quantities…Like nutmeg…mace contains the essential oils

  • Myristicin
  • Elemicin

And even are mildly hallucinogenic in large quantities…Historically…mace was used to aid digestion…stimulate appetite…relieve nausea and treat aches and pains
I’ll tell you certain facts about it…

Nutmeg has been and still is considered to be a useful medicine in a number of Asian societies….Also among the Arabs it has been used to treat digestive problems and highly  valued as an aphrodisiac….that basically is…it creates the initial spark to make you go down to do the real act…In clearer language…it turns you on…rather…it has the ability to do so…

Indians used it to combat asthma and heart complaints and still use it as a sedative….you know something that just eases you down…soothes you…

Coming back to its property of it being an aphrodisiac…Nicholas Culpeper (1616-54)…the famous English herbalist…attributes to nutmeg the capacity to induce sleep delirium…Also…William Salmon…on the other hand…said that the oil of mace or nutmegs…if rubbed on the genitals…instigated one to be turned on (remember the Arabs’ use of its aphrodisiac qualities)…

It was considered to be having kind of magical properties and is also one of the ingredients of a magical perfume described in the most famous of all the grimoires…or black books of the sorcerers…The Key of Solomon the King….The use of nutmeg as a magical medicine continued far into the twentieth century in England….It was a certain belief that carrying nutmeg in the pocket could cure various complaints has been recorded from various parts of the country….

Note this…In places like 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….Wow! I am always a victim of it…of great use to me at least…

Anyway…As late as 1966 a Hampshire coalman who suffered from lumbago was told to carry nutmeg…and when he did so he swore he never suffered from it again…Nutmeg was also believed to be lucky in gambling…There was this  newspaper article from the mid-1960s that apparently 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….

Although Mace essential oil has been demoted to a ‘pseudo-hallucinogen’ by many authorities, a self-experiment by Paul Devereux…a writer on the alignments of prehistoric sites…seems to indicate that its psychoactive effects can nevertheless be quite dramatic… In July 1989 Devereux took two level teaspoons of ground nutmeg and then went to bed…sprinkling nutmeg essential oil on his pillow and sheets…When he had been asleep for a few hours he had a dream in which he was travelling down a tunnel and flying at ever increasing speeds. He became fully conscious when in full flight and travelled over a landscape. During the flight he passed close to a tree and snatched at its leaves…feeling ‘the pull of the branches and the foliage digging into my hand’….In other words the tactile sense was fully operative. He decided to terminate the journey by retracing his path and arriving back at his starting point…and opened his eyes…His hallucinations were thus both visual and tactile but he experienced no auditory or olfactory sensations during the experience…Isn’t that eerie…yet interesting?

For more such information…go through our reference links…

  1. Nutmeg by Richard Rudgley
  2. Mace as aphrodisiac by bpb
  3. Spices by Alexandra Senyo

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

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