Nutmeg - the taste that launched a thousand ships

Few foods have ever claimed as lofty a place in world history as the seductive, sweet and spicy nutmeg.

Originally found only in a few small, volcanic islands in Indonesia, the twin spices of the nutmeg tree—mace and nutmeg—so captured the imagination and the taste buds of Europeans in past centuries, that a worldwide trade developed around them. It was the Banda Islands—the original “spice islands”—that Christopher Columbus was seeking when he set out and discovered the West Indies, for nutmeg and mace were, at that time, the trading world’s gold. Today Grenada is one of the largest exporters of nutmeg.