Nutmeg claims a lofty place in world history. Being a high-in-demand item in the 15th century, it launched Columbus's exploration, and his search for the Spice Islands that landed him in the Americas. Centuries later, our nutmeg lives up to its remarkable pedigree. This spice can still capture your imagination and whet your appetite for discovery -- even if you're slightly less adventurous than the great explorers, you can still experiment in your kitchen. Grating fresh, whole nutmeg right at home allows you to retain the essential oils and vibrant aroma indigenous to the spice. Tangy, slightly earthy, and nutty, nutmeg can make any dessert taste like the holidays. Use it in puddings, sauces, flavored butter, or mix it into curry blends or dry rubs for meat.