Both mace and nutmeg are derived from the fruit of the same tree, Myristica fragrans. Mace is the thin, bright red aril or lace-like covering over the shell of the nutmeg. Its flavor is similar to nutmeg, but more delicate.
Mace is used in soups, cream sauces, lamb, chicken, potted meats, cheeses, stuffing, sausages, puddings, ketchup, baked goods and donuts. It is used in French, English, Asian, West Indian, and Indian cuisines, and the spice blends garam masala, curry and rendang.
The primary source of mace is Indonesia. Historically, mace originating from the East Indies has been considered premium due to its bold orange color, rich flavor and high volatile oil content. Mace produced in the West Indies is yellowish in color and has a milder flavor.
Until the 18th Century, the world's only source of mace and nutmeg was the area known as Indonesia. When the Dutch took control of this area, mace and nutmeg were among the richest prizes. Knowing these spices did not grow elsewhere, the Dutch proceeded to establish one of the tightest monopolies the world has ever known. There is a legend that it was a Frenchman who started the erosion of Dutch control by smuggling seedlings out of the East Indies. True or not, it is a fact that a series of transplantings did occur and a number of other areas began producing these spices.
Deep, brick orange
Flavor & Aroma
The flavor and aroma of mace, which is similar to nutmeg, is strongly aromatic, spicy and warming to taste. It is characterized by citrus and piney flavor notes.