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What is nutmeg? About the ingredient nutmeg. Including 2,818 recipes with nutmeg, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Nutmeg and mace have similar taste qualities, nutmeg having a slightly sweeter and mace a more delicate flavour.

Mace is often preferred in light dishes for the bright orange, saffron-like hue it imparts. Nutmeg is always used in ground or grated form, and is best grated fresh.

Essential Oil

The essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of ground nutmeg, and is used widely in the perfumery pharmaceutical industries. The oil is colourless or light yellow, and smells and tastes of nutmeg. It contains numerous components of interest to the oleochemical industry, and is used as a natural food flavouring in baked goods, syrups, beverages, and sweets.

It is used to replace ground nutmeg as it leaves no particles in the food. The essential oil is also used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, for instance, in toothpaste, and as a major ingredient in some cough syrups. In traditional medicine nutmeg and nutmeg oil were used for disorders related to the nervous and digestive systems. 

Nutmeg Butter

Nutmeg butter is obtained from the nut by expression. It is semi-solid, reddish brown in colour, and tastes and smells of nutmeg.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tbsp (7g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 36Calories from Fat 22
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.5g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 9%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3.5g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 6%
Sugars 2.0
Protein 0.4g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Nutmeg is usually found in the spices section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Nutmeg is a member of the Spices and Herbs USDA nutritional food group.

How much does nutmeg weigh?

measure grams
1 tbsp 7
1 tsp 2

In Chinese:肉豆蔻
British (UK) term: Nutmeg
en français:noix de muscade
en español:nuez moscada

Recipes using nutmeg

There are 2675 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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All-Time Delicious Pancakes
Almost Perfect Apple Pie
Amazin' Raisin Cake
Amazing Cauliflower Souffle
Amazingly Delicious Green Bean Casserole
Amish Bread with Oatmeal

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