What Is It?

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A friend picked this up at an open-air market in Goa, a former Portuguese colony (now a beach resort) on the west coast of India. It's definitely edible, but does anyone know what it is and what it's used for? Thanks -- we're dying to find out.


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Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Thanks so much! Will now set about cooking with it.

Seth Gordon
Seth Gordon

Throw a web or two in with the stock for your Thanksgiving gravy, remove at the end like you would with bay leaves. Perfect time of year to find yourself with a bag of them.

Also great for steeping in hot apple cider with a couple cloves. Or, just grind them as you need and use them as you would nutmeg.

Seth Gordon
Seth Gordon

That's mace. It's the webbing around the nutmeg "nut" - tastes very similar, a little spicier. You can get it at pretty much any market.

Jhgkjh
Jhgkjh

It looks like nutmeg flower (javentri).  It's good for all types of Indian dishes such as biryani.

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