Similar to nutmeg, mace is actually the bright, red webbing that surrounds the pit of the nutmeg fruit. It's usually removed, dried, and then ground into a powder that tastes similar to nutmeg, but slightly more bitter with a hint of pepper. As it dries, higher quality mace turns orange, although brown or cream-colored variations exist. It can be used as both a savory and sweet flavor enhancer, used as a spice on roast meats or in things like cakes or scones.

Selection Process

Ground mace should be available in the spice section of most grocery stores, although it is more readily available in cooking supply stores and spice stores.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 tsp (1.7 g)

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 8.1

% Daily Value*

Total fat 0.6g 0.8%

Saturated Fat 0.2g 0.8%

Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%

Sodium 1.4mg 0.0%

Total Carbs 0.9g 0.3%

Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1.4%

Alcohol 0.0g

Protein 0.1g

Vitamin A 0.3% Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 0.4% Iron 1.3%
Vitamin D 0.0% Thiamin 0.4%
Riboflavin 0.4% Niacin 0.1%
Vitamin B-6 0.1% Folate 0.3%
Vitamin B-12 0.0% Phosphorus 0.2%
Magnesium 0.7% Zinc 0.3%
Selenium 0.1% Copper 2.1%
Manganese 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.