The Ceylon Nutmeg is famous for its distinctive flavor and natural aroma. Ceylon Nutmegs are also renowned as export based spices of Sri Lanka even though they are not as popular as Cinnamon. The Nutmeg tree which is a member of the Myristicaceae family is native to East Indonesia. The Nutmeg tree is an evergreen tree which grows at the height of around 20 meters.
The Nutmeg cultivation in Sri Lanka is mostly in the areas associated with the Central Hills of the country. The Nutmeg tree produces two culinary spices which are both essential and demanded export products. The products, Nutmeg and Mace, are both commercial products of the Nutmeg tree.
People from different countries all over the world use Nutmeg to add sweetness and savory in cuisines and their other food items like cheese dishes, bakery items and in dishes with meat. Nutmeg is not only used in dishes but also used in drinks mostly by the Caribbean.
The use of Nutmeg is not just limited to foods and drinks since the Indians and the Chinese make use of Nutmegs for medicinal purposes. Nutmeg proves to be an essential spice as well as it holds importance in the world of medicine for its ability to reduce cholesterol and fight against diseases like leukemia.