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Nutmeg (Jaiphal) Versus Mace (Javitri)

Nutmeg and Mace are two distinctly different spices obtained from a single fruit of an evergreen nutmeg tree (Myristica Fragans)

The fruit is similar to apricot or peach. In the center of the fruit is seed, the seed has a red color aril, aril is surrounded by the flesh of the fruit. At maturity, the fruit crinkles up and splits in to two halves. Scarlet colored aril (Mace) surrounding the seed (Nutmeg) is carefully separated and gently pressed flat. The Mace is cut into strips about 1" long x " wide. The Mace and Nutmeg are sun-dried. On drying, scarlet color of Mace turn pale yellow, and becomes brittle.

 

In Hindi Nutmeg is called Jaiphal, and Mace is called Javitri.

The nutmeg kernel can be ground or grated. Once ground, it rapidly uses the flavor. Therefore, the whole kernel is bought and grated on as needed basis. Nutmeg has a warm aroma like camphor, and bitter sweet flavor resembling Cloves.

 

Mace is normally bought in strips. It has a warm rich aroma resembling cloves and black pepper. It has a bitter warm delicate  taste resembling lemons

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