Myristica fragrans Houtt.
2n = 42
Origin : south of Moluccas
wild and cultivated
1, flowering and fruiting branch; 2, opened female flower; 3, staminal column; 4, seed with aril; 5, seed without aril; 6, section through seed without aril (PROSEA)
open fruit showing the seed covered by its aril
- English: nutmeg / mace
- French: muscadier ; noix muscade / macis
- German: Muskatnussbaum ; Muskatnuss / Muskatblüte
- Dutch: muskaatnoot, nootmuskaat / foelie
- Spanish: nuez moscada / macis
- Portuguese: noz moscada / maça, macis
- Italian: noce moscata / macis
- Indonesian: buah pala / bunga pala
Myristica fragrans Houtt. (1774)
synonym : M. moschata Thunb. (1782)
sorting nutmegs and separating mace in Macassar, Celebes, before 1942
table from Koehler, Medizinal-Pflanzen, 1897
pala manis, a sweet from Indonesia
- The pericarp is used candied in Indonesia to make pala manis.
- The aril is separated from the seed and used as mace.
- The seed is the nutmeg itself. It can be sold in the shell or without the shell. It is usually grated at the time of use, with a small grater.