We have a nutmeg tree and we get nutmegs every year. The nutmeg fruit cracks on the tree itself and then drops down.
The outer cover is discarded and the mace – red in colour – is separated from the nutmeg. Both the nutmeg and the mace is then dried.
Nutmeg and mace are both spices that are used in many dishes. Both have a strong pleasant smell. Birds get attracted to this tree and they come in groups and chirp away.
The peculiarity of a nutmeg tree is that one has to plant two trees to bear fruit.
Have you seen a fresh nutmeg?