Nutmeg comes from a large evergreen tree native to Indonesia. Once the fleshy fruit has ripened and dried, it splits open. Inside is the nutmeg seed, enclosed by the scarlet aril, which is dried to become mace. Although usually purchased ground, freshly grated nutmeg is superior in flavor and aroma. Nutmeg is used for flavoring many desserts and sweet dishes, and is also common in spinach, lamb dishes and in sausage. Nutmeg is also good in cheese sauces.