Piney, citrus-like aromatics combine with sweet and bitter tastes to provide nutmeg with its distinctive flavor. Nutmeg is the seed of the fruit which grows on the tree Myristica fragans, the same fruit from which mace is derived.
Commonly used in sweet foods and enhancing savory foods, nutmeg blends well with other spices. It is found in the cuisines of Italy, the Caribbean, France, India, Germany, Scandinavia, Greece, Latin America and the Middle East.
Nutmeg is an excellent compliment to soups, cheese dishes, seafood chowders, lamb, milk dishes, pumpkin pie, eggs and sweet potatoes. What would eggnog or mulled wine be without it?
It works well in combination with the spices: cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, ginger, mace and pepper.