Left: Whole nutmeg
Right: The inside of the nutmeg after grating
Have you ever worked with fresh nutmeg? I never did until I took my Rouxbe.com cooking course. I would normally buy a jar of ground nutmeg and use it in any of my recipes that call for nutmeg like my mother in law’s mini fruit cakes or baked doughnuts. But since I tried the fresh nutmeg, there is no going back. It is really fun to learn new things like this and pass them on to you because how else do we learn these things? (Unless you took a cooking course or your mom used fresh nutmeg!)
What is nutmeg? It is the oval shaped pit or fruit of the nutmeg tree. It is an intense and specific flavor, slightly sweet and sort of a cousin to cinnamon but sharper like pepper. It is hard to describe, but when you smell it you will know it.
I figured since I found out about whole nutmeg you should too! Just grate it with your microplane or a special nutmeg grater into your recipes. Enjoy!