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Nutmeg: Healthy Holiday Spice Or Toxic Hallucinogen?
Jan 23, 2019


Nutmeg spice is derived from the seed of Myristica fragrans, a type of evergreen nutmeg tree that is native to certain parts of Indonesia. The nutmeg plant itself can grow up to 50 feet tall and produces dark green leaves and waxy yellow flowers. It also produces the nutmeg fruit, which is a pear-shaped fruit with a brown seed that is ground into the spice.


This warm, rich spice can add a pop of flavor to dishes while also bumping up the health benefits of the final product. In fact, it has been associated with a long list of potential benefits and uses. These include enhanced heart health to better brain health, decreased inflammation and more. What’s more, it also helps supply a small amount of several essential nutrients, including fiber, magnesium, calcium and iron.