Learn More About Mace Blades
Mace blades, also known as the outer covering of nutmeg, add a rich flavor to pickling spices. Although they look thoroughly bizarre with their prickly shape, mace blades are surprisingly delicious. They infuse a warm and lemon-like sweetness to many dishes including some that may surprise you.
Mace Blade Cooking Recipes
Mace blades work great in a variety of soups and stews. If whole mace blades are used, they are ultimately removed from the dish before serving (much like bay leaves).
Mace is also tasty in cream-based dishes and sweets, thanks to its peppery kick which adds a nice heat burst to these otherwise calm foods.
American kitchens will incorporate mace into desserts like cakes and pies, as well as other goodies including donuts, ice cream, and frostings.
- Béchamel: One of France’s finest sauces is best prepared by contributing layers of different flavors. These include milk, onion cloute, roux, and a bit of nutmeg—the mace blade part.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice: What would fall be without pumpkin pie? By adding a pinch of nutmeg to your recipe in the form of mace blades, you will instantly spice up your traditional holiday pumpkin pie.
- Salmon Pie with Spinach and Hollandaise: With or without mace blades, salmon with spinach and hollandaise is the tastiest thing you’re going to see all day. However, when mace blades are added, the dish takes on a whole new sense of amazingness, becoming even more savory. Adding lemon to salmon tastes nice, but mace blades take that sensation to new heights.
Things We Love About Mace Blades
It’s cliche to say that a spice has many health benefits. Most do. However, mace blades are different. They seem to assist in a wide variety of areas ranging from the physical to the physiological.
If you don’t feel like you’re eating enough throughout the day, mace blades can be used to encourage your appetite. They can also help boost your blood circulation, keeping your entire body healthy from head to toe—yes, this includes hair and skin health. It also includes dental health, helping you eradicate your bad breath and protect teeth from dental issues (don’t stop brushing though).
One of the more shocking benefits of mace blades is their ability to alleviate stress. They’ve been proven to curb mental exhaustion and help you focus during a long day.
Kidney health is another area where mace blades excel, stemming the growth of kidney stones in the body or stopping them from being created altogether.
History of Mace Blades
The nutmeg tree has its origins in the region known colloquially as the Spice Islands, situated near modern-day Indonesia. They are also found in the southernmost state of India, called Kerala.
During the days of the Dutch East India Company, it was the Dutch who would introduce mace to the rest of Europe. Their monopoly on mace blade and other southeast Asian spices would last until December 31st, 1799 when the company dissolved.
Where Do Burma Spice’s Mace Blades Come From?
Since mace blades are harvested from nutmeg trees, Burma Spice collects them from regions with ample nutmeg growth.
This includes islands like Sri Lanka and Sumatra, as well as closer to home in the Caribbean.
When grown properly, nutmeg trees can reach up to 65 feet in height.
This gives us plenty of scrumptious options to give to you.