Nutmeg tree seed Myristica Fragrans Pala Mace fruit Nut Pumpkin Pie spice
The Nutmeg Tree, or Pala, is a small tropical evergreen tree native to the "Spice Islands" of Indonesia. Myristica Fragrans is the main source of the spices nutmeg and mace. These plants prefer warm & humid conditions. The leaves are dark green & glossy, & the spring flowers are beautiful! The Nutmeg is also deliciously fragrant.
The Nutmeg fruit has a green exterior that splits open when it’s ripe, revealing its edible red pulp that is called Mace which is used as a spice. Inside the pulp of each fruit is 1 large 1 - 1 1/2" nutmeg seed.
The Nutmeg seeds are called Nutmeg, a spice that is typically used ground or grated. Nutmeg is included in a huge number of dishes worldwide.
Nutmeg tree nut
It is very versatile, & is used for flavoring everything including meats, potatoes & other veggies, rice & soups, in beverages like Caribbean Rum Punch & as a drink topping, made into juice, candied, or used in other desserts & baked goods & jams, & in Tortellini. In the US, it is the main spice used in pumpkin pies!
Name: Nutmeg Tree
Scientific Name: Myristica Fragrans
Color: Light Yellow Flowers / Green - Red - Brown Fruit
Plant Seeds: at 75 - 85f
Bloom Time: Spring
Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
Plant Height: 40'
Plant Spacing: 40'
Light Requirements: Sun - Part Shade
Soil & Water Preferences: Average