Mace – This is going to take a little explaining. You see, the Myristica fragrans tree of Southeast Asia produces a fruit that resembles an apricot. The large, hard seed in the middle of the fruit is the spice we know as nutmeg, and it is surrounded by a lacy, orange-red covering called an aril. This is mace. Although it is most commonly found in ground form, the dried arils are sometimes available and are worth seeking out because they have an almost indefinite shelf life when properly stored, and can be ground in a pepper grinder or spice mill. The flavor is very similar to nutmeg, with hints of pepper and cloves. In China and Southeast Asia its primary use is medicinal, and in the West it is used primarily in baked goods and pickling mixtures, where it can be used interchangeably with nutmeg.