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mace

Pronunciation: [MAYS]

Categories: Herbs & Spices

This spice tastes and smells like a pungent version of nutmeg, and for a very good reason: mace is the bright red membrane that covers the nutmeg seed. After the membrane is removed and dried, it becomes a yellow-orange color. It's sold ground and, less frequently, whole (in which case it's called a blade). Mace is used to flavor all manner of foods, sweet to savory.