The spice mace is produced, as nutmeg, by the nutmeg tree. The nutmeg tree gives fruit several times a year that are about the size of an abricot. The seed of this fruit is the nutmeg and mace is made from the outer aril that firmly envelops the nutmeg seed. During harvest, this thread-like casing of the nutmeg is removed manually. These parts are then dried in the shade for a few days. During drying the mace gets his amber-like color. After drying, the mace is ready to be used.

Nutmeg & maceMace and nutmeg have a similar taste, the flavor of mace is delicate and intense but less sharp that the taste of nutmeg. Both mace and nutmeg are used in many different recipes. You can replace one with the other in dishes, but mace is often chosen because it emits its amber colour to the dish. When you combine these two spices you'll get a completely new taste without the sharp edges of both spices. This combination is used for example in the Dutch speculaaskruiden mixture, which consists of ginger, cardamom, white pepper, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace.

Unlike nutmeg, mace is usually added at the beginning of cooking, so that it gets the time to release ots flavor.  When the dish is ready, the mace pieces are usually taken out. Alternatively, you can boil the mace first in some water and then use this extract in the preparation of the dish. Mace can be used in making broths, for flavouring vegetable stews and it foes well with all kinds of sweet dishes.

Nutmeg fruitMace contains the same healthy substances as nutmeg but it contains higher concentrations of phytonutrients, vitain B2, calcium, iron copper and magnesium. Mace also contains vitamin A and C, which nutmeg contains in neglible quantities.

Some of the advantageous properties of mace in a row,

  • Mace is a source of the minerals manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc.
  • Mace contains the vitamins A, B1, B3, B6, B9 and C.
  • Mace helps when suffering from insomnia.
  • Mace helps with bad breath.
  • Mace promotes the dissolution of kidney stones.
  • Mace helps to remove toxins from the body.
  • Mace is effective against the growth of cancerous cells.
  • Mace stimulates the immune system.
  • Mace promotes the release of digestive juices and therby improves the digestion.
  • Mace can resolve concentration problems.
  • Mace is a natural aphrodisiac.
  • Mace dissolves phlegm and provides relief from respiratory diseases.