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Mace

If you enjoy nutmeg you’re bound to love mace, as this plucky amber spice hails from the very same plant as its better-known counterpart. Where nutmeg comes from the fruit’s kernel, the surrounding ‘aril’, or casing, produces a very different blend of essential oils and other compounds which set mace apart. These natural and organic mace supplies will boost the flavour, aroma and colour of many a meal. Not to mention providing a dynamic array of essential oils, vitamins, minerals with heaps of healthy properties!

Flavour and aroma

While mace can be used in much the same way as nutmeg, there are some key differences in flavour and aroma which also give it distinct strengths in other areas of cooking. Mace has a delightfully pleasant if ever-so-slightly muskier hum than nutmeg. But as keen chefs and mace lovers throughout the world would be quick to tell you, its flavour is more intense. So naturally, when substituting nutmeg, you might want to use anywhere between one and three quarters the amount of mace.

Mace will also add a saffron-like colour to your dishes. So it can be a great option if saffron, or other vibrant spices like paprika, cayenne or turmeric don’t quite fit the requirements of your recipe.

Our top 4 uses for mace

  1. Boost any stew broth or casserole with a sprinkling of natural and organic mace. Whether you love to make hearty soups or sauces, beef and other meat stews, or veggie broths of distinction, mace will steer you deep into tasty territory! The new dimension of flavour you gain from this extra ingredient often works beautifully with dumplings, mash mixes, fresh bread or other stodgy and starchy goodness.
  2. Mace is great for enhancing and deepening the flavour of sweet recipes. It can give all kinds of baked goods like pies, pasties, pastries, cakes, tarts, doughnuts and puddings an extra dimension of warmth and an even fuller sweetness.
  3. Make homemade spice mixes of distinction, to impress your friends and family. Combine mace with other classically compatible spices like coriander, cumin, cayenne, black pepper, fennel, fenugreek and cardamom. Have fun and be creative, tweaking your spice blends until you have an enviable mix of flavours, in just the right proportion for your tastebuds. Two sensational spice mixes which will really be made to ‘sing’ with an extra pinch of mace are the Moroccan classic ‘Rass-el-hanout’ and the essential Indian spice blend ‘Garam Masala’.
  4. Indian cuisine is very rich, vibrant and full of variation. Use your mace supplies to create a whole host of traditional recipes, including pickles, dahls, sweet breads and lentil-based dishes.

How do you like to use your mace supplies?

We always like to try out and learn from the many delicious, skilful and artistic recipes our customers so lovingly produce. We’re delighted that many of you share these concoctions with other food lovers across the UK, Europe and worldwide, on blogs and social media platforms. But mace is one of those not-so-well-known spices, and many would say it is grossly underused across all areas of cooking.

So if you have some guidance, quick tips, or fully-fledged recipes using mace, we want to know about them! Please share pictures, instructions and enticing descriptions of your very best handiwork with us and other food-lovers on any and all social media platforms. Or better yet, to make them timelessly accessible, you can upload them to our brand new recipes section of our website. Mmm – ace!

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