Note: Our nutmeg comes in its natural shell to preserve its freshness - don't forget to remove the shell before using. Crack it with a nutcracker, a pair of tongs or by hitting it lightly underneath a glass jar.
Our stone nutmeg is hand-picked at peak ripeness from a single orchard in Zanzibar. Nutmeg is the inner pit of a yellow stone fruit, which splits open when the valuable pit is ripe. Crack open the glossy outer shell to access the whole nutmeg inside, which can be grated or ground into pasta sauce, cream sauces and desserts. This is truly some of the best nutmeg in the world, harvested by hand, dried in the sun and delivered directly to your kitchen.
Some of our nutmeg come with veins of light red mace still attached to the pod. That's a bonus! Mac is a classic ingredient for tagines and Moroccan stews. Crumble and add to rice or grains, or even fruit pies and other desserts.
Origin: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Ingredients: 100% EU-certified organic whole nutmeg in shell (Myristica fragrans)
Our nutmeg comes straight from a spice cooperative on the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. Spices were introduced to the islands in the 1800s when they were ruled by the Omani sultanate, and many of our partner farms have been growing spices for generations.
As with all spices, freshness matters for nutmeg. March is nutmeg season in Zanzibar, and our current lot of nutmeg was just harvested and dried this season. Nutmeg is the meat of the pit of a stone fruit, similar to an apricot, and mace is the red, fingery membrane that surrounds the pit. The fruit itself has a bitter, astringent flavor but the mace and nutmeg are gorgeous, sweet and fragrant.
Burlap & Barrel is the sole importer of spices from Zanzibar, including stone nutmeg, to the United States, and our nutmeg (like all our spices from Zanzibar) are organic.
Meet the Farmer: Meet Mzee Sio and his granddaughter Yusra. Along with his wife, he owns one of the most productive (and successful) nutmeg orchards in Zanzibar, located about an hour outside of Stonetown. Walking through the orchard with us, Mzee Sio pointed up and said "Everything my children have is because of these trees."