The Paleo List Answers:Is Nutmeg Paleo?
What is Nutmeg?
Nutmeg, as a spice, is the hard and fragrant seed of the nutmeg plant. It grows inside the nutmeg fruit, which looks a lot like an apricot. The seed itself is a pretty large, round globe, about the side of a quarter in diameter, and is very firm. It is commonly grated fresh as a drink or cocktail garnish, or to mix with desserts, especially those containing apples or pumpkin.
Nutmeg contains decent amounts of nutrients, including manganese, copper, potassium, and magnesium. However, since nutmeg is so flavorful, we consume such a tiny amount of nutmeg at a time that we probably don’t benefit much from its nutritional profile. Nutmeg when taken as a drug in can have hallucinogenic effects, but large amounts of nutmeg are toxic, and it highly dangerous to consume as a drug.
This coveted spice has a bit of a devastating history. In Europe, nutmeg was exotic, flavorful, hallucinogenic, and popular among the wealthy. Naturally, it caused a great deal of trouble between white Europeans and the natives from the countries where it was grown.
Is Nutmeg Paleo?
Nutmeg is a flavorful and fragrant spice that can add another dimension to your drinks, baked goods, and even savory dishes. It is definitely Paleo, and should be enjoyed all winter long! It is highly recommended as an addition to your Paleo versions of old creamy favorites, such as mac & cheese.
Are you struggling with which foods are Paleo? Do you need help planning some Paleo meals? Check out this great Paleo cookbook: