Nutmeg and mace

Nutmeg and mace

Nutmeg and mace are two different parts of the same fruit of the nutmeg tree, Myristica
fragrans Houtt. (Myristicaceae). The nutmeg tree is indigenous to the Banda islands in
the Moluccas. The species of the genus Myristica are distributed from India and South-
East Asia to North Australia and the Pacific Islands. Sinclair (1958) listed a total of 72
species distributed in these areas. The major nutmeg growing areas are Indonesia and
Grenada (West Indies). It is also grown on a smaller scale in Sri Lanka, India, China,
Malaysia, Western Sumatra, Zanzibar, Mauritius and the Solomon Islands.