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Nutty and slightly sweet, nutmeg is an intense spice that has a strong and distinct aroma. For those who are more sensitive to heat, nutmeg might seem almost spicy. Unlike ground nutmeg, whole nutmeg lasts indefinitely as long as its stored properly. What really distinguishes whole nutmeg from its ground counterpart is the potent flavour. Whole nutmeg is stronger tasting and has considerably more flavour
While nutmeg is considered a sweet seasoning, it’s not your typical sugary sweet. It’s more of an earthy, nutty sweetness. That’s what makes it so versatile, and it’s why it can be added to savoury dishes as well as sweet ones. Just know that a little goes a long way with the unique spice. It can be used whole and grated directly into a recipe or measured or shaken from a canister of pre-ground nutmeg.
To use whole nutmeg, you will need a microplane or nutmeg grater to shave off a small portion of the seed. When including nutmeg, make sure not to use a heavy hand, as this intense spice can easily overpower the flavours of a dish.
Nutmeg is also an ingredient in different spice blends, such as pumpkin pie spice, ras el hanout, and garam masala . It is also sprinkled over a variety of hot beverages like cappuccino and eggnog for added flavour and garnish.