Use this powerful spice sparingly to add warmth to Indian curries or meat rubs.
Once nutmeg is dried, it lasts pretty much forever, so it is best to buy it whole and grate as required into your dishes.
The tiny seeds can be bittersweet and have a bizarre maple-syrup undertone, which reduces when fried.
The fragrant powder boasts a mix of common spices such as pepper, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and coriander, which lend depth and flavour to dishes.
Grown as a rhizome, it can be used fresh like ginger or dried.
Spices were once as precious as gold.