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Macis: The surprising spice that conquered Brazil

Hello, readers! It's me, the kitchen lover, bringing another unmissable article about the world of spices. And this time, the subject is nothing less than the mace, a surprising spice that has conquered the taste buds of Brazilians.


Macis: The surprising spice that conquered Brazil

Get ready to delve into the history, curiosities and benefits of this spice that is here to stay. Let’s discover everything you need to know about mace together!

Main Conclusions

  • Mace is a surprising spice that has captured the taste buds of Brazilians;
  • This article will explore the history, curiosities and benefits of mace;
  • Mace is a versatile spice that can be used in cooking in many ways;
  • Mace can be found in health food stores and some supermarkets;
  • Don't miss the delicious recipes that will be presented at the end of this article.

What is mace?

If you've never heard of mace, don't worry. I didn't know about this spice myself until recently, but since I discovered it, I can't live without it in my kitchen. Mace is the outer part of the nutmeg seed and has a unique and surprising flavor.

For those who have tried nutmeg, mace can be described as its softer, more delicate version. It is a versatile spice that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, and brings a special touch to recipes.

Mace is widely used in Asian and Indian cuisine, but recently it has been gaining more space in Brazilian cuisine. If you haven't tried it yet, it's time to add mace to your list of favorite spices!

History of mace in Brazil

Have you ever heard of mace? No? Don't worry, before I started writing this article, I didn't know this spice very well either. But now, after a little research, I discovered that mace is a surprising seasoning that has conquered the taste buds of Brazilians.

Mace is the outer layer of the nutmeg seed, has a sweet and mild flavor and is widely used in the cuisine of different countries. In Brazil, the history of mace originates from the time of colonization, where the spice was used as an aphrodisiac, medicine and culinary seasoning.

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Over the years, the use of mace became more popular in the country, and today it is widely used in Brazilian cuisine, especially in savory dishes such as sauces, meats and soups. If you haven't tried it yet, you don't know what you're missing!

But it's not just the flavor that makes mace a special spice. It also has medicinal properties, being a powerful natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as helping in the digestion process.

Origin of mace

Mace originates from the Moluccas Islands in Indonesia. It was taken to Europe by Arab traders, and from there, it spread to other parts of the world, including Brazil.

The Portuguese introduced mace to the country during colonization, and since then, it has been used in Brazilian cuisine and popular medicine.

Still little known by many, mace has gained space in the kitchens of renowned chefs and also lovers of good cuisine.

Health benefits of mace

If you are one of those who care about your health and are looking for natural ingredients to include in your diet, mace can be a great option.

Originally from Indonesia, this spice has countless benefits for the body, being rich in antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients important for maintaining health.

Among its main benefits, we can highlight:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease;
  • Stimulation of the immune system;
  • Combat inflammation;
  • Improves digestion;
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels;
  • Stress and anxiety control;
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties.

And that's not all! Mace is also known to help prevent cancer, thanks to the bioactive compounds present in its composition.

However, it is important to remember that excessive consumption can cause some side effects, such as nausea and dizziness. Therefore, balance is essential.

How about including mace in your diet and enjoy all these benefits? Try adding it to dessert recipes, teas and even savory dishes. Your health will thank you!

How to use mace in cooking

When it comes to using mace in cooking, the possibilities are endless! As I mentioned previously, mace is the membrane that covers the nutmeg seed, and has a more delicate and mild flavor. Therefore, it is great for adding a touch of flavor to both sweet and savory dishes!

One of my favorite ways to use mace is in dessert recipes like pies, cakes, and puddings. Adding a little mace can give the dessert a warm, comforting flavor.

For savory dishes, mace is perfect for use in sauces, stews or marinades. It can also be added to ground meat dishes for extra flavor.

Another way to use the mace is in hot drinks like coffee or tea. Try adding some ground mace to your morning cup of coffee for a warmer, more comforting flavor.

An important tip when cooking with mace is to use it in moderation. As it is a strong spice, a pinch of mace can be enough to flavor an entire dish.


So, ready to try mace in the kitchen? I'm sure you will surprise your guests with this unique and delicious spice!

Where to find mace in Brazil

Ah, the mace! This surprising spice that conquered Brazil and is now the favorite of chefs and culinary lovers. But, after all, where to find mace in Brazil?

Well, you can look in natural food stores, markets specializing in seasonings and spices or even in some larger supermarkets. Make sure you choose a quality product from a trusted brand.

If you prefer, you can also buy mace online. There are several options for spice stores on the internet that deliver throughout Brazil. Just remember to choose a reputable supplier and check delivery times and return policies before making your purchase.

And if you want to try some mace recipes before buying it, one option is to go to restaurants that use this spice in their dishes. Many renowned chefs have explored the use of mace in their creations, so it won't be difficult to find a place that uses it.

As you can see, there are several options for finding your much-loved mace. Just look carefully and choose wisely. And then just enjoy the flavors and benefits that this spice has to offer!

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Curiosities about mace

I love discovering interesting facts about the spices I use in the kitchen. Mace is no different – there are interesting facts about this spice too!

Name originThe name “macis” comes from the Arabic “makhzan”, which means “storage”. This is because the mace is the layer surrounding the nutmeg seed, which is the most valuable part of the spice.
Medicinal useIn Chinese medicine, mace is used to treat digestive and respiratory problems. It also contains anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.
Use in perfumesMace essential oil is used in the production of perfumes. It is also used in soaps, shampoos and other personal care products.
Prohibition in Saudi ArabiaIn 2017, Saudi Arabia banned the import and consumption of mace and other spices containing alkaloids. This was due to concerns about the possible toxicity of these compounds.

So, did you know all these interesting facts about mace? I find it fascinating how the history and properties of spices can be so interesting and surprising!

Macis vs. Nutmeg: What's the difference?

Guys, I know it may seem confusing, but mace and nutmeg are two different things! Let's understand better:

mace is the layer that covers the inside of the seed nutmeg. In other words, they come from the same plant, the Myristica fragrances, but they are different parts.

Layer that covers the interior of the Myristica fragrans seedMyristica fragrans seed
It has a milder, sweeter flavor than nutmeg.It has a more intense and spicy flavor than mace
Used in soups, sauces and savory dishes in generalUsed in sweet dishes, such as cakes, pies and puddings, and in drinks, such as the classic eggnog

So, if you've ever used nutmeg in a recipe, know that the flavor of mace it can be even softer and sweeter. And if you haven't tried it yet, how about giving it a chance and including it in the next recipe?

And speaking of recipes, in the next topic I'll give you some delicious tips for you to try! But first, I wanted to share a fun fact:

“Mace was once as valuable as gold in medieval Europe. It is believed that it arrived in the region around the 11th century, brought by Arab merchants.”

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Mace Recipes to Try

If you're looking for ways to use mace in your recipes, here are some delicious ideas to try:

Pumpkin Risotto with Mace

IngredientsMethod of preparation
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a pan, sauté the onion and garlic in butter until soft.
  2. Add the rice and sauté for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable broth and cook until the rice is tender.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree, mace, salt and pepper and mix well.
  5. Let it cook for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the risotto is creamy.
  6. Serve hot, with a touch of grated Parmesan cheese on top.

This pumpkin risotto with mace has a unique flavor and is perfect for colder nights.

Banana and Mace Smoothie

IngredientsMethod of preparation
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup natural yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mace
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until everything is well mixed and the smoothie is creamy.
  3. Serve in glasses decorated with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

This banana and mace smoothie is a healthy and delicious option for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Recipes with Mace

Try these mace recipes and discover all the flavor and benefits this spice has to offer!

Tips for Buying and Storing Mace

Have you already convinced yourself that mace is a surprising and versatile spice in cooking and want to try it in your recipes? Excellent! But before you go shopping, here are some tips for choosing and storing mace:

Choosing Mace

Choose to buy mace in stores specializing in seasonings and spices, where you can usually find better quality and fresher products.

Quality SignTrouble Signal
Bright orange-red colorOpaque and dull color
Soft and flexible textureHard and brittle texture
Strong and sweet aromaWeak and bitter aroma

By observing these signs, you will choose the best quality mace.

Storing mace

Just like other spices, correct storage is important to maintain the quality and extend the shelf life of mace. To do this, follow these recommendations:

  • Store mace in an airtight container in a dark, dry, cool place.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, excessive heat and humidity.
  • Avoid storing other seasonings or spices in the same container as the mace, as the strong aroma can penetrate other foods.
  • Buy whole mace and grind only the amount needed when using, this helps preserve the flavor and properties of the seasoning.

By following these tips, you will ensure that mace is kept in its best condition for use in your recipes, providing a unique flavor to your dishes.

Macis: A spice that is here to stay

I don't know about you, but I'm completely in love with mace! I love its sweet taste and delicious aroma. Furthermore, this seasoning is versatile and can be used in different recipes. But, what exactly is macis and why did it conquer Brazil?

Mace is a spice that comes from the nutmeg seed. It is a thin, net-like membrane that surrounds the nutmeg seed. Therefore, its flavor is very similar to nutmeg, but a little milder and sweeter.

Mace is widely used in cuisine in Asian and Middle Eastern countries, but it is gaining more and more space here in Brazil. The history of mace in our country is quite interesting.

It is believed that mace arrived in Brazil during the colonial period, when Portugal dominated our country. At that time, nutmeg was highly valued in Europe and ended up also becoming a symbol of wealth here in Brazil. Therefore, mace was used mainly in the cuisine of the richer classes. Fortunately, nowadays, this seasoning is already quite accessible and can be found in many health food stores.

But besides being delicious, mace also has several health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Therefore, mace can help fight diseases such as arthritis and toothache. Additionally, it can help improve digestion and strengthen the immune system.

And how can we use mace in cooking? There are several ways to include this seasoning in our recipes! It goes very well with sweet and savory dishes, such as cakes, breads, meats, soups and sauces. You can use mace in powder or pieces. If you are going to use the chunky version, it is important to grind the seasoning before using it.

Finally, here are some interesting facts about mace. Did you know that it is used in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics? Furthermore, mace is a common ingredient in Arabic cuisine, especially in dishes such as rice and lamb.

So, if you haven't tried mace yet, it's time to include it in your recipes! In addition to being tasty and versatile, this seasoning can bring many benefits to your health.

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Well, I have to say: I'm impressed with the mace. This spice won my taste buds and my heart with its versatility and unique flavor. And that's not all, mace also has a series of health benefits that are worth exploring.

If you haven't tried mace yet, I recommend you run to the kitchen and find a recipe to try. And if you're already a big fan, keep adding this surprising spice to your favorite recipes.

Remember that mace can be found in specialized stores and online throughout Brazil. Be sure to buy from reputable sources and store properly to ensure the best quality possible.

And don't forget the differences between mace and nutmeg. Although they may seem similar, these spices have important differences that must be taken into account when cooking.

Finally, I want to thank you for accompanying me on this journey of discovering mace. I hope you learned as much as I did and are as excited as I am to incorporate this amazing spice into your cooking.

Common questions

What is mace?

Macis is a spice obtained from the nutmeg seed, also known as “aril”. It is widely used in cooking to add flavor and aroma to dishes.

History of mace in Brazil

The history of mace in Brazil dates back to colonial times, when the Portuguese introduced nutmeg to the country. Since then, mace has become increasingly popular in Brazilian cuisine.

Health benefits of mace

Mace has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. Additionally, it can also help improve blood circulation and alleviate gastrointestinal problems.

How to use mace in cooking

Mace can be used in a variety of dishes, such as sauces, soups, baked goods and desserts. It can be used in its ground form or in pieces, adding a special touch to preparations.

Where to find mace in Brazil

Macis can be found in spice stores, supermarkets and street markets throughout Brazil. It is important to choose a quality product to guarantee the best flavor and aroma.

Macis vs. Nutmeg: What's the difference?

Mace is the shell that surrounds the nutmeg seed, while nutmeg is the seed itself. Both have distinct but complementary flavors and aromas and can be used separately or together in cooking.