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Ingredient of the week: Nutmeg

 Always store your nutmeg powder in an airtight container (Image: Shutterstock)

Just like any other spice we dream to have in our kitchen, nutmeg makes the cut as one of the most coveted ones for that matter.

Nutmeg is from the family Myristica, an ever-green tree that yields two different spices, nutmeg from its seeds and mace from the seed covering.

The Nutmeg you see in your kitchen is made by grinding the seeds of the Myristica tree into powder form, which produces a rather pungent and sweet smell.

It’s warm and sweet smell makes it highly distinguishable from all the other spices and can be used to flavor baked dishes, puddings, potatoes, mats, vegetables and a number of beverages.

Nutmeg like any other herb has number of health benefits including: Improving blood circulation, boosting your skin health, detoxing the body, relieving pain and strengthening cognitive function.

Nutmeg is easily accessible and readily available locally.

Tip: Excessive consumption of nutmeg may lead to allergic reactions.

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