This is the spice that started it all. From the traditional overland spice routes to the ocean going explorations of the 15th century. If it wasn't for nutmeg, the Americas would certainly not have been stumbled upon by Columbus. Everyone was searching for nutmeg. Applicable in everything from sausages, meats and soups to preserves, cakes, and sweets. Nutmeg is commonly added to eggnog, puddings, and fruit pies. It is popular in The Netherlands and Italy, where it is used in vegetables, puddings, and stews. Whole nutmeg should be grated just before use to ensure the best aroma and flavor.