Nutmeg is one of the two species-the other being mace-derived from several species of trees in the genus Myristica. The hills of Idukki district of Kerala state in the Western Ghats produces best quality Nutmeg both from forest and farms. Nutmeg is the seed of the tree while mace is the dried lacy reddish covering or aril of the seed. It is used for flavouring many dishes, usually in ground or grated form. The essential oil obtained by steam distillation of ground nutmeg is used widely in the perfumery and pharmaceutical industries. It is a prized and costly spice in European medieval cuisine as a flavouring, medicinal and preservative agent. It is used in various Ayurvedic medicines. Best used in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases and for digestion.

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