Nutmeg Heals Naturally

You may think of nutmeg as merely a hint of flavor in pumpkin pie or a pretty sprinkle atop frothy eggnog. But you may get more than a tasty treat when you include this potent seed in your cooking. In the West Indies, nutmeg oil is used as a natural treatment for arthritis, malaria, asthma and pneumonia. Aside from its purported medicinal values, a hint of nutmeg adds an exotic element to a variety of dishes. Nosh with nutmeg using this sweet recipe:

Nutmeg Syrup

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon dark rum
1 teaspoon nutmeg

1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to boil. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves. Stir in rum and nutmeg. Cool. Serve over ice cream, banana bread, crepes or pancakes.

—Elisa Bosley

Source: Grenada Board of Tourism