Nutmeg is used in lots of recipes, from sweet to savory and from baked goods to beverages. But you may have heard that the spice can be poisonous.1 Get the facts on when nutmeg turns toxic and when it’s safe to enjoy the sweet spice.
Nutmeg is a commonly used spice that comes from the nutmeg tree. Grown in Indonesia, the same tree produces the spices mace and nutmeg. Mace is produced from the red covering around the hard, inner seed that is turned into nutmeg. After drying, nutmeg can be sold whole or pre-ground. It’s frequently used in spiced desserts and drinks like eggnog, and a pinch can be added to creamy and cheesy sauces and dishes. It can also be used as part of a spice mix in savory meat and vegetarian dishes.