It is the seed at the heart of a fruit the size of an apricot, the outer layer of the nutmeg which is yellow or red is called the mace. After harvest, the nuts are dried and then sorted according to size.
Taste : pungent, strong, astringent with a very peppery and woody smell.
Cooking tips : You can grate or chop the mace of the nut, or chop the mace into your mashes, vegetables or port . It is a classical for the bechamel and graton daufinois but can give an nice touch to pasta casseroles, gratins zucchini, pumpkin gratin, veal stew, carrot cake, pumpkin soup. It is also used int he rhum preparation or for some cakes or desserts.
Le Comptoir Des Poivres has worked on an even higher quality new product range.
For several months the company have been pooling their skills, and they have sought out products of unquestionable quality using the same philosophy – they look for products directly at their production locations, they refuse any chemical treatments both on the plant and the product and any irradiation (hypocritically called ionisation), they ensure that the people working in the plantations work in optimal conditions, they require many selection processes to keep only the most exceptional grains or berries, they refuse any long storage and transport the products without intermediaries, that is to say with maximum traceability.
Olivier Derenne, Founder
“Since my rural childhood, my life has been a perpetual search for authentic flavours, either while pottering round vegetable gardens, on walks through forests, local markets, at auctions, bakeries, grandmothers’ or mothers’ kitchens, in master cooks’ kitchens or even on trips across the world.
I’m someone who is eager to discover new sensations, scents, textures, flavours, not just to own them, but also to share them.
I like to tell stories about the wonders that surround us and the passion of men and women who give the best of themselves to bring you something exceptional.
My objective: to source the best, the most exclusive, the most authentic and most surprising and then narrate, share, transmit and astonish…”