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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tip Of The Day: Make Your Fresh Vegetable Greens Taste Better Add Nutmeg!

Need to add a special touch to your sauteed greens? Add a dash of Nutmeg! It will give them the added touch you need. Nutmeg adds that needed flavor to finish your dish.

Whether it be Spinach, blanched Kayle or Beet Greens sauteed with garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper just add a dash of Nutmeg. Everyone will eat them all up (even the children!).

Nutmeg or Myristica fragrans is an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas of Indonesia, or Spice Islands. Until the mid 19th century this was the world's only source. The nutmeg tree is important for two spices derived from the fruit, nutmeg and mace.

Nutmeg is the actual seed of the tree, roughly egg-shaped and about 20 mm to 30 mm (1 inch) long and 15 mm to 18 mm (¾ inch) wide, and weighing between 5 g and 10 g (¼ ounce and ½ ounce) dried, while mace is the dried "lacy" reddish covering or arillus of the seed. This is the only tropical fruit that is the source of two different spices.


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