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. It has a sweet, pungent aroma.
It is used in French cooking as a freshly grated topping. It is wonderful on fruit, oatmeal, whipped cream, and green vegetables, notably Brussels sprouts and spinach.
We recommend that you buy whole Nutmeg, as it contains a lot of volatile oils which are lost when ground. Whole nutmegs will last up to 3 years when stored correctly (in a airtight container).