Good servant, bad master .. if we treat him or with him the line in the kitchen, we know about it, that less is sometimes more. It's a magical aroma of spices, before his strength but we should be careful ..
Nutmeg in our region grow freely find, originally comes from a relatively small archipelago of Indonesia, but is now grown in many other countries with tropical climates. This handsome tree grows sometimes up to 15-20 m height and its crown is conical. Flowers nutmeg shape and scent slightly reminiscent of lily of the valley, the fruit should again be compared to give peckovicím type peaches or apricots, are greenish-yellow, sometimes reddish tint.
Nutmeg is not in the true sense of the word nut. It is the core stones nutmeg fruit. Outside fleshy part of the fruit is still kind of leathery indoor bowls and a hard shell to be a smash "teaser" of the stone. Sometimes we come across in shops and on so-called mace. This again is not the nutmeg flower, but usušeným red bowl, covering the hard stone. I "mace" is used as a spice and medicine. For us, however, more commonly buy nut, either whole or grated.
Nutmeg aids digestion and has anti-flatulence
To treat indigestion nutmeg doctors have already used the ancient China. Substances contained in mace and nut supporting appetite, stimulate the production of digestive juices and ultimately works against stomach cramps and bloating. Outside enrichment is therefore the food taste better and digest. Traditionally, the nutmeg and flower added to many Asian dishes, both savory and sweet.
Flatulence and improving digestion can use nutmeg itself, but it is important to ensure dose! Completely enough to enjoy after a meal to pinch grated nut, do not exceed the dose of such medication and children prefer not served at all.
What risks is the use of nutmeg?
Nutmeg was mainly used in the past as a narcotic, especially in Asia and Egypt, then gradually, with the development of foreign trade, in other parts of the world. The narcotic effect, although lower doses may act as an anti-insomnia and to calm under extreme stress and anxiety, occur after overdose poisoning. This is manifested by malaise, "dazed consciousness", sleepiness, confusion, and sometimes anxiety, ecstasy, etc. The reality of much higher doses then until upadáním into a deep and long sleep, also equated to anesthesia, in some cases accompanied by hallucinations. In the extreme situation, severe poisoning can be fatal. The entire state is usually associated with severe nausea followed by vomiting, with headache and sometimes changes in an individual's motor skills.
When prefer to avoid the use of nutmeg?
Since the substance in nutmeg acts on smooth muscle, people with heart failure or other cardiac disorders nutmeg can recommend only after consulting your doctor. For the same reason, it should not ever use or pregnant women because it may cause miscarriage or premature birth. As already mentioned, even in small children prefer to choose a different medicine.
Nutmeg is a spice with a distinctive aroma
In our latitudes, nutmeg is used as a condiment rather than as a cure. The aroma is interesting and hard-describable mixture is bitter, sweet and pungent simultaneously. We find it as part of spice mixtures, in particular for the preparation of Asian specialties (eg: curry). Also adds some cakes to gingerbread and sweets, meet with him even recipes for Christmas cookies. Is the ingredient for the preparation of certain alcoholic liquors, and it can be a little bit of cheer to add to mulled wine. It is also used to edit meats, pâtés, sausages, vegetables, sauces, although for us it is more coveted by gourmets and experimenters than proponents rock classic Czech cuisine.
We should not forget to use nutmeg in the manufacture of cosmetics, scented oils and perfumes.
If with nutmeg to treat him or diversify your culinary creations, remember .. just the tip of the knife!
References: Medicinal trees and shrubs by herbalist Paul Vanya
The author Nutmeg is a spice and medicinal dangerous drug: Michaela Vorlová