Mace Spice (Javitri, Javinthri, Jaypatri)

What is Mace?

Mace spice is made from the waxy red covering of the nutmeg seeds. It is strongly aromatic, resinous and warm in taste. Mace and nutmeg are similar to each other, however, mace generally has a finer aroma than nutmeg, but the difference is small. Its Hindi name is Javitri (जावित्री in Hindi), Javinthri, Jaypatri.

The nutmeg tree is native to tropical Indonesia and parts of Southeast Asia. Whole dried mace is known as a blade. Mace blades are preferable to ground mace since cooks can grind their mace as needed.

It is the characteristic flavouring of white sauce, lasagna, stews and ragouts, sometimes also for sausages and pastries, jam, and in some Indian desserts. It is also used in cakes, scones, curries, soups, cream sauces, roasts, etc.

  1. Buy and store in whole form, if possible. Grind or powder it in a grinder or mortar & pestle just prior to using because it rapidly lose their freshness and flavour once ground.

  2. This spice should be stored in airtight containers in a cool dark place.

Mace Spice Substitute

If your recipe calls for this spice and do not have it, then you can try its substitution or alternative. Whenever substituting, you must realize that the flavor and may be taste will not be as originally intended in the recipe. Nutmeg is the perfect substitute for mace. You can also try cinnamon or ginger.

Nutritional Values of Mace

Parameters Value per 100g
Moisture15.900 g
Protein6.500 g
Fat24.400 g
Minerals1.600 g
Fibre3.800 g
Carbohydrates47.800 g
Energy437.000 K cal
Calcium180.000 mg
Phosphorus100.000 mg
Iron 12.300 mg
Carotene3027.000 µg
Thiamine0.250 mg
Riboflavin0.420 mg
Niacin1.400 mg
Minerals & Trace Elements
Magnesium213.000 mg
Copper1.560 mg
Manganese1.540 mg
Zinc1.260 mg
Chromium0.039 mg
Reference: USDA National Nutrient Database.

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