Nutmeg is the seed of Myristica trees, dried and used as a spice. It may be sold whole or ground.

Health considerations

Nutmeg is a source of antioxidants and a variety of phenolic compounds. One such compound has anti-bacterial activity against oral bacteria. Nutmeg poisoning can occur with over-consumption, with reports of severe health effects following 18.3 grams in one sitting and death from consumption of three nutmeg seeds.

Keep in mind

As the nutmeg ages its content of volatile compounds such as antioxidants and those that impart flavor decreases. Ground nutmeg loses these much more quickly.

May be found in

Whole, ground, rice pudding, custards, garam masala, Indian dishes, curry powders, haggis, jams, eggnog, pumpkin pie, mulled cider, mulled wine, cookies, cakes, gingerbread, carrot cake, spice cakes


Food Chemistry
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture

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