With more than 115 interesting drink syrups in the Amoretti Store, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. And cover it we have done, blogging day-in and day-out. So, when we found that we had yet to share our favorite facts and trivia about nutmeg, we got a little excited.
If you thought you knew nutmeg, check out these seven facts below. You’ll learn a thing or two. We promise.
- Nutmeg can be a hallucinogenic when ingested in large quantities. Who knew?
- Well, maybe the Roman priests knew. They used nutmeg oil as an incense in religious rituals.
- Nutmeg oil can also be used as an analgesic and is anti-inflammatory. The Chinese discovered the spice’s use for medicinal purposes thousands of years ago.
- Eating two grams of nutmeg produces effects similar to amphetamines – except that two grams of nutmeg will also result in nausea, fever, headache, and vomiting. The lesson? Nutmeg is only to be used as a fine-ground spice in small doses!
- Nutmeg is an aromatic spice that features a predominantly woody and bittersweet flavor when tasted alone.
- Nutmeg is native to the Banda Islands of Indonesia. There are two different types of spices that the nutmeg tree produces: nutmeg and mace. Nutmeg is the seed itself; mace is the reddish covering of the seed.
- Nutmeg seeds can’t be harvested until 7-9 years after the tree has been planted, which is one reason why nutmeg is costly.
Don’t tell us you didn’t just learn something. As evidenced, there’s a lot more to nutmeg than you might think! Also, it should go without saying that we only encourage the culinary uses of this fine spice!
While fresh nutmeg is great for baking and topping off desserts, it’s hard to beat Amoretti Premium Nutmeg Syrup for making gourmet beverages. Here are a few of our favorite drink recipes that show off this unique beverage syrup at work:
- Amoretti Kahlua (Type) Nutmeg Iced Coffee. Take a few shots of espresso, and pour them over ice with our Kahlua-type syrup and our delicious nutmeg syrup. Voila. You’ve got yourself quite the caffeinated concoction!
- Amoretti Chai White Russian. When we first wrote this recipe, we recommended Chai syrup. However, try using our nutmeg syrup instead to get a different perspective on this classic cocktail!
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