Ceylon nutmeg, also known as Sri Lankan nutmeg, is a popular spice that is native to Sri Lanka. It is derived from the seed of the nutmeg tree, a tropical evergreen tree that is found in several countries in Asia. Ceylon nutmeg is highly valued for its rich aroma, distinct flavor, and numerous health benefits. It is used in both sweet and savory dishes and is a key ingredient in many traditional Sri Lankan recipes. It is available in a variety of forms, including whole nutmeg, ground nutmeg, and nutmeg oil. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a range of ailments and is also a good source of essential minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium.
Ceylon nutmeg is a spice grown in Sri Lanka's tropical climate. The nutmeg tree, called Myristica fragrans, is an evergreen tree that produces nutmeg and mace. Harvesting is manual, and the nuts are sun-dried for weeks. Ceylon nutmeg stands out for its distinct flavor and aroma influenced by soil, climate, and altitude.
The nutmeg fruit is picked when it is fully matured and split open to reveal the mace and nutmeg inside. The outer shell of the nutmeg is removed to reveal the kernel, which is then steam distilled to extract the essential oil. The remaining nutmeg is ground into a fine powder and used as a spice in a variety of cuisines.