Indonesian nutmeg — aromatherapy saves Jakarta

Nutmeg Indonesia

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
Dr Seuss

Nutmeg — which has the same source as mace — is one of the secret ingredients in Coca-Cola. Wars were fought in Indonesia and elsewhere over nutmeg, native to the Banda Islands. Nutmeg is versatile and —  would you believe it — key to afternoon tea recipes.

Here at the Sharehouse nutmeg has a certain gnarliness — see picture above and right. I don’t know what this means in terms of “potency” viz a viz the kind that you shake out of a tin or bottle. But around here you can merrily substitute double or triple amounts in apple pie and other recipes that call for nutmeg. For a soups and stews just pop in a nut.

Volume 8 of the Trubus Herbal Indonesia Berkhasiat: Bukti Ilmiah & Cara Racik covers nutmeg. Several of the likely active ingredients are listed including myristicin, elemicin, safrole , methyleugenol , and methylisoeugenol.  ( Safrole may be involved. ) A nutmeg tea to counter nausea is described with recipe and use as an antidepressant is cited (p. 388).

However, if you can simply find one of these nuts, go to work on it with a cheese grater. It really smells good and will change your day, whether or not you pack it with apple pie and coke.

Nutmeg source -- Indonesia


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