Nutmeg vs. Allspice

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Main Difference

The main difference between Nutmeg and Allspice is that the Nutmeg is a spice from Myristica fragrans and Allspice is a species of plant, allspice.

  • Nutmeg

    Nutmeg is the seed or ground spice of several species of the genus Myristica. Myristica fragrans (fragrant nutmeg or true nutmeg) is a dark-leaved evergreen tree cultivated for two spices derived from its fruit: nutmeg, from its seed, and mace, from the seed covering. It is also a commercial source of an essential oil and nutmeg butter. The California nutmeg, Torreya californica, has a seed of similar appearance, but is not closely related to Myristica fragans, and is not used as a spice. If consumed in amounts exceeding its typical use as a spice, nutmeg powder may produce allergic reactions, cause contact dermatitis, or have psychoactive effects. Although used in traditional medicine for treating various disorders, nutmeg has no known medicinal value.

  • Allspice

    Allspice, also called pimenta, Jamaica pimenta, or myrtle pepper is the dried unripe fruit (berries, used as a spice) of Pimenta dioica, a midcanopy tree native to the Greater Antilles, southern Mexico, and Central America, now cultivated in many warm parts of the world. The name “allspice” was coined as early as 1621 by the English, who thought it combined the flavour of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

    Several unrelated fragrant shrubs are called “Carolina allspice” (Calycanthus floridus), “Japanese allspice” (Chimonanthus praecox), or “wild allspice” (Lindera benzoin). “Allspice” is also sometimes used to refer to the herb costmary (Tanacetum balsamita).

  • Nutmeg (noun)

    An evergreen tree, noshow=1, cultivated in the East Indies for its spicy seeds.

  • Nutmeg (noun)

    The aromatic seed of this tree, used as a spice.

  • Nutmeg (noun)

    A grey-brown colour.

  • Nutmeg (noun)

    The playing of the ball between the legs of an opponent.

  • Nutmeg (verb)

    To flavour with nutmeg.

    “She decided the eggnog was lacking in flavor, so she decided to nutmeg it heavily.”

  • Nutmeg (verb)

    To play the ball between the legs of (an opponent).

  • Allspice (noun)

    A spice; the dried and ground unripe fruit of noshow=1, thought to combine the flavours of several spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

  • Allspice (noun)

    , an evergreen tree of tropical America with aromatic berries.


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