How very peculiar. Nutmeg is illegal in Saudi Arabia. This would no doubt come as a surprise to many who use this spice for the flavoring of food. It’s hardly the most disturbing product that you can store in your kitchen, or is it? Once you learn a little more about the spice you will no doubt understand why the notoriously strict Saudi Arabia has made nutmeg illegal in the country.
Nutmeg is a popular kitchen spice that is traditionally grown in Indonesia and Grenada. It comes from the Myristica fragrans tree, which also is the source for mace. Both spices come from the same fruit, with mace being the outer membrane, and nutmeg being the hard inner seed. While you may not know it, the kitchen spice is used in many everyday foods, such as sausages, soups, preservatives. Having such a diverse usage, and a taste that once detected can rarely be done without, Nutmeg is still illegal in Saudi Arabia.