Like many other spices, nutmeg is one of those fragrant additions to food that brings a little kick of warmth and curious complexity that, once tasted in a dish, can't be done without. Used in Chinese and East Indian cultures as a curative and aphrodisiac, as well as flavor enhancer, it was once a rare, costly spice prized by Byzantine traders who obtained it from Arabia. The earliest references to the nutmeg tree pinpoint its origin to Moluccas Island, aka Spice Islands, in the Indonesian rainforest. Nutmeg is actually a fruit with a single seed (which makes it a drupe). As the seed matures, the nutmeg kernel splits from the mace in a sort of lace pattern.
Nutmeg Fun Fact
In very large quantities nutmeg has a hallucinogenic effect, so, never use or consume too much of nutmeg.