Nutmegs

Nutmegs

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Caption: The yellow fleshy drupes of the nutmeg, Myristica fragrans. The nutmeg, an evergreen tree native to the eastern islands of the Moluccas, is seldom found truly wild but is grown extensively in the plantations of Indonesia and Grenada (where this photograph was taken). The drupe is the source of the spices nutmeg and mace, hence the economic importance enjoyed by M. fragrans since antiquity. Nutmeg, the dried seed, is grated in small quantities to flavour milk dishes, cakes, punches and possets. Used medicinally it is said to have stimulative, carminative, astringent and aphrodisiac properties. Mace, the dried aril, is used to flavour savoury dishes.

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Keywords: botany, drupes, flora of, fruit, grenada, mace (spice), myristica fragrans, nature, nutmeg, nutmeg and mace, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, spices, structure

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