I used to love it as a kid, then I didn't have it for a long time in my 20's. Loved that little hint of nutmeg and the milkshake like consistency, so
rich and yummy. In my mid 30's I was stationed in SE Asia and they had this candied fruit around the holidays everyone was raving about. Some of the
local girls kept bugging me to try it (and giggling). They were eating the stuff like candy, so I figured what the heck. It kind of looked like
dried pears with a sugary coating on it. Didn't smell like anything really, just sweet smelling. **shrug** I popped a medium sized piece of it in
my mouth and bit down and...
....OH MY GAWD!!!!....
It was the most INTENSE
, overwhelming, unimaginably strong, literally blow your socks right off your feet, nutmeg flavor imaginable!! It was
PURE nutmeg fruit (not the seed, ground, but the actual fruit the seed comes from)! I instantly could not breathe, it was like my diaphragm just
siezed. And within...one nanosecond...I automatically and involuntarily hurled a technicolor sidewalk pizza (i.e. puked). Within seconds I was on my
hands and knees gagging, and gasping desperately for air. It was so intense it was unbelievable! Every breath I managed to take was like nutmeg
flavor times 10,000x! This just made me gag even more. I literally thought I was going to lose consciousness...and almost did! One of my colleagues
handed me a paper cup of hot black coffee which I shot down like a shot of whiskey (scorching my tongue and throat). Even though my mouth was now on
fire, at least I could breathe!
After that I drank about 20 glasses of water, and lemonade and anything else I could lay my hands on. I think I chewed a whole pack of spearmint gum
to try to get that flavor out of my mouth!
To this day, I can't even be in the same room as the spice nutmeg, or the eggnog it goes in. I instantly have this gag reflex to nutmeg.
It was such a violent reaction that I can't even really take a bite of dried pears without halfway gagging just remembering how that stuff looked.
I will NEVER forget that experience!
So, I might be able to handle egg nog...just so long as it didn't have nutmeg in it!
Oh, and if you ever have the opportunity to try the fruit of nutmeg...DON'T DO IT!!!
ETA - BTW, they call the stuff Manisan Pala
in Indonesia and Malaysia, and I guess there are varying intensities of the stuff (and this was
homemade), but considering nutmeg is the same spice they make Mace out of it's no wonder it totally blew me up. BEWARE!
edit on 12/23/2018 by
Flyingclaydisk because: (no reason given)