Portuguese and Dutch mariners brought exotic fruits to Europe from the Molluksky islands in the Indian Ocean.
According to legend, it was the spices( nutmeg and cloves) that Magellan paid to the lenders for the financing of the voyage around the world.
In the XVIII century, the British managed to plant on the island of Grenada so many nutmeg trees that this state still ranks second in the production of nutmeg in the world.
Until the 19th century, Holland and Portugal were monopolists in the spice market.
Since then, the cost has plummeted, especially when the plantations of this crop began to bear fruit in Brazil, India, on the islands of Indonesia, in Africa, where the nut is also growing.
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Where it grows and how nutmeg
Where it grows and how the nutmeg
looks like The nutmeg tree itself is 10-12 meters high, low by tropical standards.
The fruits of this nutmeg are large peach-like fruits. Fully matured, they burst in half, the bone is exposed.
How does it look? Nutmeg itself is nothing more than its core( like apricot kernels).On one tree ripen dr 2000 such fruits.
Nutmeg bears fruit for about 100 years, but produces only the first 40 .
The technology for processing them is quite complicated:
nuts are dried;
kernels are soaked in a mixture of seawater and coral( coral-derived) lime with mixing;
In time, all these processes stretch for 3-4 months. At the exit - an oval nut in length slightly more than 2 centimeters( the larger - the more valued, they have a more intense flavor).
Calories and vitamin composition
100 grams of nutmeg have a calorific value of about 550 kcal. , but nobody eats it in such quantities, it is inappropriate to talk about the benefits of spiciness in terms of calories.
100 g of nut
The value of a nut is not determined by percent and calories. The rich composition of is seven whole vitamins from group B, vitamins A, PP, E, H, U, K), rich mineral complexes( magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, silicon, copper, iodine, molybdenum, cobalt andothers in available chemical composition), essential and fatty oils, eugenols, saponins, pectic substances - this is what determines the true value of the spice.
Benefits for the body, beneficial properties for men and women.
Such a unique combination of vitamins, essential oils and minerals makes a spiced nut almost a panacea, given its real effectiveness.
In Israel, as well as in Germany, there are specialized clinics that, in addition to the achievements of pharmacology, use the healing potential of plants, including nutmeg, in treatment and rehabilitation.
Israeli doctors believe that the nut( especially in combination with garlic) can even prevent oncology.
According to this method, the initial stages of varicose veins and tuberculosis, inflammatory processes of the liver and spleen, colds and viral diseases, enuresis are treated.
Essential volatile oils of nutmeg produce a warming effect, which with the success of is used in massage compositions for the treatment of neuralgia, sciatica , myositis and various rheumatic lesions.
The use of the healing power of the nut is justified for both women and men. Even the simple regular use of this spice does not simply enhance the immune system, prevents the development of cancer of the female genitalia twice ( according to the Israeli clinic "Sharite").
Mastopathy and other benign tumors are successfully cured by the doctors of this clinic with complexes based on essential oils of nutmeg.
Walnut helps fight baldness. But its consumption also increases the amount of testosterone in the blood of men, which contributes to the restoration of male sexual health: impotence, premature ejaculation and other disorders.
Essential oils are used in perfumery and aromatherapy, prevent the penetration of viruses into the cells of the human body, which allows the use of spice during flu outbreaks.
By the way, this was known in the Middle Ages and was used during the plague of plague and smallpox.
A lot of interesting things about nutmeg will be told by the “Live Healthy!” Program:
Harm and contraindications, side effects
With all these remarkable properties, it is unacceptable to abuse nutmeg.
Without harm to health, daily intake should not exceed about 1 nut per 10 kilograms of human body weight.
Otherwise, intoxication is possible:
subsequent withdrawal syndrome( hangover).
A special intolerance to the body serves as a contraindication - even fatal.
One should be careful of abuse of nutmeg for pregnant and lactating women, children of preschool age.
Application in folk medicine
The unique composition of this oriental spice not only contributes to the development of immunity.
Extracts of nutmeg often serve as components of various natural medicines: decoctions, ointments, compresses, tinctures. In most of them there is bee honey and milk.
Conveniently, these proven products can be independently manufactured at home and used for treatment.
Here are some of them, developed by centuries of Ayurvedic medicine in India and proven by modern practice.