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Nutmeg and Mace Lore and Legends

Nutmeg was once carried by aristocrats as a demonstration of wealth

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© 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Nutmeg Lore and Legend

Nutmeg has long been alleged to have aphrodisiacal powers, giving rise to a variety of love potion concoctions and oftimes hilarious rituals.

At the height of its value in Europe, nutmeg was carried around by ladies and gents as a demonstration of wealth. Diners would flourish tiny graters and grate their own in fancy restaurants. As a result, personal nutmeg graters became quite fashionable accoutrements, giving rise to intricate designs and shapes made of precious metals. These antique graters are now prized by collectors.

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