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Myristica fragrans, Nutmeg

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Myristica fragrans
Family: Myristicaceae
Origin: Moluccas or Spice Islands of Indonesia
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbEdibleUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

Nutmeg is a tropical evergreen tree that reaches about 65 feet tall. The nutmeg fruit is similar in appearance to an apricot. When fully mature it splits in two, exposing a crimson-colored edible pulp surrounding a single seed, the nutmeg. The nutmegs are dried gradually in the sun and turned twice daily over a period of six to eight weeks. During this time the nutmeg shrinks away from its hard seed coat. The shell is then broken and the nutmegs are picked out. Dried nutmegs are grayish-brown ovals with furrowed surfaces about 1-1.5 inches long. The spice consisting of the seed has a characteristic, pleasant fragrance and slightly warm taste; it is used to flavor many kinds of baked goods, meats, sausages, sauces, vegetables, and such beverages as eggnog.

The common name nutmeg is also applied in different countries to other fruits or seeds: the Jamaica, or calabash, nutmeg derived from Monodora myristica; the Brazilian nutmeg from Cryptocarya moschata; the Peruvian nutmeg from Laurelia aromatica; the Madagaskar, or clove, nutmeg from Ravensara aromatica; and the California, or stinking, nutmeg from Torreya californica.

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Akhil GUpta
Delhi, India
8 May 2014
Learn about Histological and Histochemical Investigations of Myristica fragrans Houtt. (Myristicaceae) at following link:
Kaunakakai, HI
USDA Zone:war
1 Aug 2012
Hmmm, don't you need both the male and female tree to produce fruits?
I have trees that come from the same mother plant but the leaf structure and color is very different on two of the trees, they began flowering this week after five years of growth.....I am amazed they are flowering so soon.I'm not sure if they are male or female flowers.
sitaram nayak M.D.
Charles Town WV U S A
USDA Zone:254
5 Mar 2011
Sir/Madam, This plant (1)needs both male and female plants to fruit.(2)It is a treat to see the fruit split in the middle showing the crimson aromatic strands wrapped around the black nutmeg seed.(3)These crimson/red strand are dried and are used in Ayurvedic Medicines.

These are my personal observations of the so many nutmeg trees growing in our family estate in India.

I am fascinated by this wonderful web page I have been seeing continuously since early morning and I thank you. Sincerely, S P Nayak M.D.
Larry Fletcher
Milford, Michigan
USDA Zone:5
11 Nov 2010
Received a nutmeg tree from you yesterday. Excellent condition, and now in the greenhouse. Thanks for making plants like this available !
Antonio Bonifasi
Boca Raton, Florida, USA
23 Nov 2009
Do you sell nutmeg seeds?

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