Mace blades are the weirdest looking spice in the whole world. These freaky little things are intimately linked to nutmeg, as they both come from the same plant. Mace is the lacy tendrils of red wrapped around the nutmeg seed, which comes from the plant Myristica fragrans of the Myristicaceae family. Not only is it bizarre looking, but it also has a bizarrely good flavor.
Mace has an essential oil content of 7%-14% which is mostly made up of monoterpenes.
Mace is called “basbasa” in Arabic, “dau kuo shu” in Mandarin, “fleur de muscade” in French, “muskatblute” in German, “javitri” in Hindi, “mesu” in Japanese, “macis” in Portuguese, “sushonaya shelukha” in Russian, and “macia” or “maci” in Spanish.