Nutmeg (Myristica Fragrans)
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It is a spreading evergreen, tree 15-20m. high. Nutmeg and mace are two different parts of the same fruit of the nutmeg tree. Nutmeg is the dried kernel of the seed and mace is the dried aril surrounding the seed.
Other Names :
English : Nutmeg
French : noix muscade
German : Muskatnuss ,
Italian : noce moscata
Spanish : nuez moscada
Chinese : taukau ,
Indian : jaiphul, taiphal, taipmal
Sinhalese : Saadikka
Whole nutmeg seeds , Whole mace , Crushed mace, nutmeg Powder, mace powder , Broken nutmeg needs, Nutmeg shells
Fruits are harvested when they split open on ripening. The split fruits are either plucked from the tree with a hook bill. Nutmeg is dried in large trays by various procedures. The unshelled nutmegs are dried in the sun until the seeds inside rattle on shaking. Normally nutmeg dries in about a week. The seed cover is removed by breaking the hard seed coat mechanically.
Powdered nutmeg is prepared by grinding at ambient temperature.