Organic Fairtrade Whole Nutmegs 40g details and description
Organic Fairtrade nutmeg (whole) is part of Steenbergs range of Fairtrade organic spices. These delicious whole organic Fairtrade nutmegs are wonderful grated on cheese sausages, any green vegetable, rice puddings etc. These organic Fair trade nutmegs come from Sri Lanka and are part of the Steenbergs range of Fairtrade organic spices and flavoured sugars.
Organic Fairtrade nutmeg kernels have that classic light brown woody look, with a wrinkly shape the shape of a quail's egg. They exude some aroma of the camphorous, pine-like woody flavours that are best released by grating lightly with a nutmeg grater. Organic Fairtrade nutmeg has the classic bittersweet flavour that whole nations really did fight over.
Nutmeg spice comes from the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans, which was originally native only to the Banda Islands in Indonesia. Nutmeg trees are a tropical evergreen tree that grow some 7-10 metres high (23-33ft), and have shiny green leaves that are dark on the upper side and pale-green beneath. Nutmeg trees are male or female and one male tree is needed per 10 female trees, so that the female trees can be fertilised and then bear fruit. Unwanted male trees are thinned out from the nutmeg plantation. Nutmeg trees become fully mature after 15 years and are fruitful for 40 years. When the fruit has developed, it looks like a yellow nectarine. When the fruit is ripe, the fruit is picked and the flesh cut off the shell, making sure the shiny, blood-red mace aril on the outside is not removed or damaged. My photos on my blog show this quite well. After the mace has been peeled from the nutmeg shell, the nutmeg nutcase is dried further; once it is dry, the nutmeg seed rattles within the smooth outer shell. We are sometimes offered these nutmeg nuts (i.e. nutmeg seed and outer shell) by spice traders or sometimes the nutmeg seed is called broken nutmeg, i.e. the shell has been broken and removed. The nut is the spice we all know as nutmeg; it is a dull brown, wrinkled and hard. Nutmeg on its own has a mild warm flavour, but the best is to grind the nutmeg as you need it, which releases its volatile oils from the oil-containing veins within the nut (you can see these developing as you grind them through a symmetrical light and dark-brown pattern through the seed lengthways). Nutmeg's aroma is warm, aromatic and gently pleasing, while its flavour is also warming but has some sweetness. For more on nutmeg, dig for information with Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages or Wikipedia.
Nutmeg has a warm full-bodied flavour that complements a wide diversity of doods from baked goods to milk puddings, or green vegetables like spinach, or it goes well with fish or hot chocolate. However, nutmeg has a strong flavour that should be used sparingly. For more ideas on using nutmeg, look at Steenbergs Recipe Site and type in "Nutmeg" or visit Allrecipes or BBC Websites.
Organic nutmeg is part of the Steenbergs range of over 400 organic spices, organic pepper, organic herbs, organic flavoured sugars, organic extracts and flavours and teas. Steenbergs blends and packs its ingredients at its factory in Ripon, North Yorkshire, and is a small family-owned business. For your local stockist click on "Where to see us", or call on 01765 640 088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.