Mace is considered the refined older sibling to the nutmeg. Nutmeg is the seed that is dried, shelled and sold for consumption either whole or ground while mace is the “aril” of the fruit consisting of a fleshy network which is then dried and sold for consumption. The aroma is mildly nutty and warm while the flavor is predominantly sweet with a hint of strong bitterness towards the end. Mace is typically used in high-fat foods such as sauces, puddings, cheese dishes, and meat products. It is also commonly used in cosmetic products and alternative medicines due to its numerous health benefits. Interestingly, mace is a key component in pickling various spices.
The tree from which Nutmeg Mace is harvested has the scientific classification Myristica fragrans and is indigenous to the Moluccas Islands of Indonesia. It thrives in its growth in places with warm humid climate and soils ranging from sandy to red laterite surfaces with ample drainage, therefore, making it ideal for cultivation in the tropical landscape of Kerala. Buy Nutmeg from Thottam Farm Fresh to taste the difference!
It is famously known as “Jathipattiri” in Malayalam, “Javitri” in Hindi, “Fleur de muscade” in French and “Muskatblüte” in German.
Mace contains a variety of nutrients such as copper, vitamin B6, calcium and dietary fibers. A tea made from a mixture of nutmeg mace and cream is often prescribed by doctors in improving digestive health and relieves indigestion and stomach ulcers. Nutmeg mace contains volatile oils such as myristicin, eugenol, and elemicin which improves memory and spatial navigation. Nutmeg mace also helps in dealing with consistent pain that accompanies chronic conditions such as cancer, inflammatory diseases and diabetes as the oil derived from the mace is an analgesic and a chronic pain reliever. Buy Javitri from Thottam Farm Fresh today!
Keep in a cool dry place, once opened, store in an airtight container for sustained use. Nutmeg mace lasts at maximum quality for about 4 years so use accordingly.
Scientific studies have identified several health benefits of Nutmeg Mace, they include,
a) Relieves indigestion
b) Fights inflammation
c) Assists in red blood cell formation
d) Treats insomnia
e) Improves blood circulation
Names in various languages:
Nutmeg Mace is known as Basbasa in Arabic, Fleur de muscade in French, Muskatblüte in German, Javitri in Hindi, Sekarpala in Indonesian and Vasa-vasi in Sinhala.