I had to use mace in a recipe recently. What is it?
This golden-brown spice has a sweet, warm flavor that is similar to—but stronger than—nutmeg. That is because the two are closely related: Nutmeg is the seed of the sour, apricot-like fruit of the tropical nutmeg tree; mace is the lacy membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. Mace is used in both sweet and savory foods. Mace, the spice, is not related to the self-defense aerosol spray, which is named after a club-like weapon.