Nutmeg is the seed of the actual tree and is almost egg-shaped, while mace is the dried ‘lacy’ reddish covering of the seed. Nutmeg and mace have similar qualities, with nutmeg having a slightly sweeter flavour while mace has a more delicate taste. Mace is often preferred in light dishes for the bright orange colour it imparts. Nutmeg is used for flavouring many dishes, usually in ground or grated form.
Nutmeg is best grated fresh in a nutmeg grater.