Nutmeg is a spice that comes from the seed of the nutmeg tree, Myristica fragrans. The seed is about an inch long and is oval and brown in color. It has a nutty aroma and taste, but it doesn't pose a risk to people with nut allergies.
Nutmeg is highly aromatic when whole, but even more so when grated or ground. It has a warm, slightly sweet taste and aroma. It can be used to flavor many kinds of baked goods, confections, puddings, potatoes, meats, sausages, sauces, vegetables, and beverages like eggnog.
Native of Indonesia (Moluccas Islands), the nutmeg tree grows there abundantly and is now naturalized in West Indies, Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Tropical America, and Pacific Islands. It is also grown in a small scale in Sri Lanka, Trinidad, China, India, Tobago, Zanzibar, and Mauritius