Q. Can you guess the spices?

Myristica Fragrans

A. You’re actually looking at two related but entirely separate spices. The peculiar looking objects you see above come from an evergreen tree indigenous to the Moluccas called Myristica Fragrans. The fruit it bears contains the seed better known as nutmeg. What you may not know is the red webbing or aril around the seed is what produces the somewhat lesser-known spice, Mace. Though similar in taste, each spice has a subtle flavour differences. Nutmeg provides a warm, aromatic, sweetness making the perfect pairing for root vegetables, cheeses or diary based puddings. Mace offers a fresher, less robust flavour making it more suited to seafood dishes or sauces.