I love nutmeg, especially in the fall. I put it on everything. Sure it’s great in desserts, with pumpkin, winter squash, potatoes etc. but I add it to sautéed spinach or broccoli, I’ll mix it into homemade mac ‘n cheese, chili almost anything! It adds a nice depth of flavor. I find that when I add nutmeg the reaction is always, “hmm, this is really good, what is that flavor?” Start adding it to your favorite dishes and see what happens!
One thing to keep in mind about nutmeg is that it begins to lose flavor as soon as it’s ground so I buy whole pods and grate it right over the dish as I’m cooking. You can use any cheese grater, just be sure to use the smallest holes or, try the Oxo spice grater pictured here ($10; oxo.com), which has a handy plastic sleeve for measuring.
Nutmeg fun facts:
•In mass quantities nutmeg can be mildly hallucinogenic….I’ll never grate that much!
•It’s good for sex. Nutmeg stimulates nerve cells and blood circulation boosting sexual desire.
•It can help you lose weight by breaking down fats and cholesterol. It’s also low in sodium and high in fiber.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.