Whole nutmeg is small, about the size of a plum pit, and is usually sold with 6 to 8 seeds per jar. Grate the seeds for just the amount you need, using a microplane or spice grinder. Unlike ground nutmeg, this variety lasts indefinitely as long as it is stored properly.
Storage: Store whole nutmeg in an airtight container, in a cool, dry area away from direct sunlight and it will last much longer than the pre-ground variety
Safety Info: Nutmeg and mace are plant products. Nutmeg is the shelled, dried seed of the plant Myristica fragrans, and mace is the dried net-like covering of the shell of the seed. It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE to take nutmeg and mace in doses larger than amounts found in foods and for long periods of time. Long-term use of nutmeg in doses of 120 mg or more daily has been linked to hallucinations and other mental side effects. People who have taken larger doses of nutmeg have experienced nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, irregular heartbeat, agitation and hallucinations. Other serious side effects have included death. Nutmeg and mace are POSSIBLY UNSAFE in doses larger than amounts found in foods. In pregnant women, they may cause miscarriages or birth defects.