Ground Mace is a spice commonly used in baking, but it’s also wonderful in meat and fish dishes, cream sauces, and vegetables. It comes from the dried aril of the nutmeg fruit, which is the lacy covering surrounding the seed. Nutmeg and mace are similar in flavor, but mace has a more pungent, assertive flavor.
Mace is typically more expensive than nutmeg since the yield of mace from a harvest of nutmeg fruit is much lower than that of the seed. Roughly a single pound of mace is produced from every hundred pounds of nutmeg.