Mace has a flavor that is immediately familiar to anyone, yet is difficult to isolate. Mace spice is, in fact, the delicate husk that grows around the nutmeg. It contains the same aromatic oils as nutmeg but in different proportions making its taste more delicate. Its greatest quality is its ability to bring flavors together: mace unites disparate flavors.
Mace is a perfect poultry spice and is wonderful in desserts such as carrot cake. It’s a great dessert spice in general, and is found in old-fashioned doughnuts. We prefer delicate mace over nutmeg in many spice blends.