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In her latest New Staples column for the New York Times, Merrill highlights 3 of-the-moment ingredients: oat groats, hibiscus flowers in syrup, and the beautiful marriage that is nutmeg and mace.

Learn more and get recipes for luscious oat groats and a zingy hibiscus margarita here.

  • Nutmeg and Mace
  • Photo by Amy Sussman for the New York Times

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over 4 years ago Aliwaks

Oh good, have a nutmeg question, I have some nutmeg that My Aunt brought me from India, and it has a brown outer layer with like a little nutmeg in side but not the lovely red part :(,

is the outer husk nutmeg or is it mace?

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over 4 years ago victoriaspencer

Victoria is the Editors' Picks Editor of Food52.

The little kernel inside the pod is the nutmeg -- the pink stuff you see above is the mace, which it sounds like yours doesn't have. Hope that helps!

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over 4 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I like how the nutmeg on the right looks like its mace hair is blowing into its face.

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over 4 years ago Sagegreen

I love hibiscus flowers and drinks made with all kinds of hibiscus. Have you covered libations from rosehips before or any drinks made from sumac berries? I like experimenting with sumac.

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over 4 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

No, I haven't. Great idea!

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over 4 years ago Heena

Nutmeg and mace are a common component of Indian cooking - but careful with the amount, even a tiny pinch packs quite a punch.

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over 4 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Especially with this kind -- it's so fresh!

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over 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

I love mace.....the first time I saw it, I was shocked at its bright orange colour and the fact that it was nutmeg's humble but highly fragrant cloak. It features in one of my recipes (soon to be posted this week.)

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over 4 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Love the way you describe the mace as a "humble but highly fragrant cloak!"