You can use it alone or pair it with other spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves. It has a warm, sweet flavor, which is why it's commonly added to desserts, including pies, cakes, cookies, breads, fruit salads, and custards. It also works well in savory, meat-based dishes, such as lamb curry.
Aside from its many culinary uses, nutmeg contains powerful anti-inflammatory plant compounds that act as antioxidants. These may improve mood, blood sugar control, and heart health, though more research is needed on these effects in humans.
But nutmeg is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken in doses larger than amounts found in foods and for long periods of time. Long-term use of nutmeg in doses of 120 mg or more daily has been linked to hallucinations and other mental side effects.
- Add it to coffee, hot chocolate, tea, or warm milk.
- Use it to season vegetables such as cauliflower and sweet potato.
- Sprinkle over oatmeal or other breakfast cereals.
- Sprinkle over fruit for an added kick.
- Bake with it.
- Add to seasonal beverages such as eggnog, mulled cider, and mulled wine.