|Courtesy of the Guardian Newspaper|
The British East India Company brought the nutmeg tree to Penang, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, the West Indies, and Grenada (nutmeg is the national symbol for this country). In 1760, the price of nutmeg in London was 85 to 90 shillings per pound, a price kept artificially high by the Dutch voluntarily burning full warehouses of nutmegs in Amsterdam. The Dutch held control of the spice islands until World War II. The poor were excluded from using this spice because of the cost. Luckily today anyone can afford a majority of the spices available or a similar substitute.
Now that the holidays are upon us we think about all of the sweet dishes we can make with this nutmeg. But, did you know that you can use this spice in savory dishes too? I use a large pinch of it in the asparagus and leek quiche pictured above. Here is the recipe if you would like to try it.