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Nutmeg, ground

(Nutmeg, ground)  Nutmeg is the seed or kernel of a tropical fruit growing on evergreen trees (Myristica fragrans, of the family Myristicaceae, the nutmeg family) in the East Indies, India, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and Brazil. The flowers of these 60-foot tall trees are pale yellow and droop in clusters. When the fruit is ripe, it looks like a golden-yellow pear hanging among shiny, gray-green leaves that are long and pointed. As the fruit continues to ripen, the fleshy part becomes hard until it finally splits open at the top, revealing the yellow to red aril, the dried external fibrous covering or membrane of the seed. This covering is called mace. Under the aril is a dark, shiny nut-like pit. The nutmeg is the oval shaped seed inside this pit. Nutmeg is aromatic with a flavor that is warm, nutty, and slightly sweet. We use ground nutmeg (see photo) as an ingredient in some of our recipes.  See nutritional chart below.

Nutmeg, ground

Scientific Name:     Myristica fragrans

NDB No:     02025

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams of
edible portion
Number
of Data
Points
Std.
Error
1.00 X 1 tsp
-------
2.2g
Proximates
Water
g
6.23
78
0.367
0.14
Energy
kcal
525
0
0
12
Energy
kj
2196
0
0
48
Protein
g
5.84
20
0.111
0.13
Total lipid (fat)
g
36.31
76
0.479
0.80
Ash
g
2.34
119
0.064
0.05
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
49.29
0
0
1.08
Fiber, total dietary
g
20.8
2
0
0.5
Sugars, total
g
28.49
0
0
0.63
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
184
5
22.525
4
Iron, Fe
mg
3.04
5
0.535
0.07
Magnesium, Mg
mg
183
3
24.037
4
Phosphorus, P
mg
213
4
9.465
5
Potassium, K
mg
350
5
74.231
8
Sodium, Na
mg
16
5
2.672
0
Zinc, Zn
mg
2.15
4
0.352
0.05
Copper, Cu
mg
1.027
0
0
0.023
Manganese, Mn
mg
2.900
0
0
0.064
Selenium, Se
mcg
1.6
4
0.15
0.0
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
3.0
0
0
0.1
Thiamin
mg
0.346
2
0
0.008
Riboflavin
mg
0.057
5
0.049
0.001
Niacin
mg
1.299
5
0.143
0.029
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.160
2
0
0.004
Folate, total
mcg
76
0
0
2
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
0
0
Folate, food
mcg
76
0
0
2
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
76
0
0
2
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
0
0.00
Vitamin A, IU
IU
102
1
0
2
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
5
1
0
0
Retinol
mcg
0
0
0
0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
mg
0.00
1
0
0.00
Tocopherol, beta
mg
0.00
1
0
0.00
Tocopherol, gamma
mg
0.53
1
0
0.01
Tocopherol, delta
mg
0.00
1
0
0.00
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
mcg
0.0
0
0
0.0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
25.940
0
0
0.571
4:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
6:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
8:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
10:0
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
12:0
g
0.370
3
0.21
0.008
14:0
g
22.830
3
1.861
0.502
16:0
g
2.260
3
1.64
0.050
18:0
g
0.170
3
0.14
0.004
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
3.220
0
0
0.071
16:1 undifferentiated
g
1.400
1
0
0.031
18:1 undifferentiated
g
1.590
3
0.528
0.035
20:1
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.350
0
0
0.008
18:2 undifferentiated
g
0.350
2
0
0.008
18:3 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
18:4
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
20:4 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
20:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:5 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
22:6 n-3
g
0.000
0
0
0.000
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
0
0
Phytosterols
mg
62
0
0
1
Other
Alcohol, ethyl
g
0.0
0
0
0.0
Caffeine
mg
0
0
0
0
Theobromine
mg
0
0
0
0
Carotene, beta
mcg
16
0
0
0
Carotene, alpha
mcg
0
0
0
0
Cryptoxanthin, beta
mcg
90
0
0
2
Lycopene
mcg
0
0
0
0
Lutein + zeaxanthin
mcg
0
0
0
0
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17 (2004)

The above recipe is in keeping with God's creation intent (Genesis 1:29-31):  'Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground-- everything that has the breath of life in it-- I give every green plant for food." And it was so.   God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' (NIV)  Let no animal suffer or die that we may live! 

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