An Ode to Nutmeg


Fresh nutmeg with the seed and mace – The nutmeg is now blended as fresh nutmeg juice. It is absolutely delicious but not every coffeeshop knows how to do that. You can get nutmeg juice
from this bak kut teh place too.

Pickled nutmeg (the lower whiter one, the top is pickled mango)


Dried nutmeg seeds and dried mace – The seeds are broken and used to flavour duck and salted vegetable soup.


Pickled nutmeg with liquorice (Kumchoe) – Good for repelling the winds from your tummy

Besides the above, the mace can be grinded into powder and they are usually sold in bottles. Nutmeg is best for fish dishes. When I prepared my baby food with fish, I added a pinch of it into my baby’s porridge because it takes away the fishy smell. It also gives flavour and hence, no salt is required.

The mace is also steeped in oil and makes a good rub for aching joints and repelling wind.

The fresh nutmegs can be brewed with rock sugar for several hours to make a nice syrup and it becomes a very refreshing drink.

Where I come from, there are lots of nutmeg trees on the hills of Balik Pulau. I hope they don’t make way for development and wipe out these trees. Remember that our country become what we are because of the spices we offered? Cardamons, cinnamon, nutmeg and more.

Post Author: Lilian

Food, travel, recipes. Chinese Malaysian, blogger, photographer and writer.

4 thoughts on “An Ode to Nutmeg


    (September 19, 2007 - 11:17 pm)

    Hi lilian. i’ve never seen a nutmeg tree b4 so this is very interesting for me. i wonder if mace fm d nutmeg is d same mace used in d mace sprays??


    (September 20, 2007 - 12:45 am)

    terri – The nutmeg is a very tall tree with hard woods. I read that the spray is made from pepper but no mention of the nutmeg mace.


    (September 20, 2007 - 6:48 am)

    like the pic of the fresh nutmeg. but im not a fan of nutmeg,esp nutmeg juice, cant bear the taste of it.. =P

    Precious Pea

    (September 21, 2007 - 11:09 am)

    Interesting…i have never seen a fresh nutmeg before, wat are those red stripes on the seed???
    Hmmm..nutmeg juice? Don’t mind trying, but only available in penang ar??

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