The nutmeg tree is a native of the Banda Islands, a cluster of small volcanic islands historically known as the Spice Islands and now part of the province of Molucca in Indonesia. Nutmeg isn’t really a nut, but the kernel of an apricot-like fruit.
The nutmeg fruit is a drupe along with its sisters the coconut, peach, almond, olive, mangoes, cherries and apricots. Drupes are also called stone fruit because at center, beyond the peel (exocarp) and the edible flesh (mesocarp) is a small stone that contains a seed. Inside the seed is the nutmeg kernel. The bright strips hugging the seed are another spice called mace. The two are called twin spices because their flavors, fragrance and chemical properties have only subtle differences.
Nutmeg powder offers you minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and manganese. These minerals are very important to improve your immune system fight against bacteria and disease.