Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nutmeg & Mace - Jaiphal, Javitri - (जाइफल - जावित्री)

Nutmeg & Mace - Jaiphal, Javitri - (जाइफल - जावित्री)

Known for its strongly aromatic, warm, fresh, and nutty flavor, nutmeg comes from fruit of nutmeg tree.  It is an ingredient in Nepali Garam Masala mixture. Ground nutmeg is frequently used to season strong-flavored meat like game, venison, and organ meats.  Nutmeg should be used in moderation, a small pinch is generally sufficient to flavor a moderate-size dish.

Whole Nutmeg - oval shape, light brown and slightly wrinkled exterior.  It is suggested to purchase whole nutmeg and grind it as needed, because its flavor deteriorates and looses its potency soon after grinding.  Whole nutmeg keeps indefinitely if they are stored in an airtight container.

Mace (javitri) is the outer lacy covering that surrounds the hard nutmeg seeds.  Both spices have delicate flavor.  It is available whole (above picture) or in grounded form.   

Using nutmeg grater and (to the right) finely ground mace.

Close-up picture


  1. could you suggest me where i can purchase it in nepal?can i find it in kathmandu?

    1. Namaskar to you. I was away for three weeks, so could not reply to you immediately.

      I am going to recommend you the "Ason Tole Bazaar" (busiest market place for locals). It is one of the oldest and most colorful market located about walking distance from Thamel area. The market have the freshest spices, local fruits, dry-fruits, incense, pots and pans and fresh vegetables from the local farm brought daily. From Thamel you walk towards Thaiti Tole and you will arrive to Ason Tole by one of the six road junction. Please try to purchase whole spices if possible, because they are more flavorful. The ground pre-packaged spices lose their potency quickly.

      This market is very popular, so you would not have hard time finding it.

  2. can you manetion herbs names english to nepali such as ginseng palm pomato....etc...

  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  4. Thats a nice article. I would also like to tell you about some Javitri Benefits