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Botanical Name of Raw Material: Myrystica fragrans Houtt
Nutmeg tree, a species under Myrystica fragrans Houtt, produces two separate spices – Nutmeg and Mace. Nutmeg is the dried kernel of the seed and Mace is the dried aril surrounding it. Mace essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of dried aril of Myrystica fragrans Houtt. The oil is a pale yellow to reddish yellow liquid, with a sweet, spicy and slightly woody undernote. The oil is mainly used for flavouring preparations, especially in soft drink formulations. The main components are pinenes, Sabenene, Terpineol and Myristicin.
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Steam distillation is the technical process applied to recover the heat sensitive compounds from spices. Spice oils are unstable and heat sensitive compounds are present in the spice.
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How is Mace essential oil extracted by Mane Kancor?
Mace is the dried aril, a lacy coating, that surrounds a nutmeg seed. The steam distillation of the dried aril of Myrystica fragrans Houtt produces Mace Essential Oil. The main components of Mace Oil are pinenes, Sabenene, Terpineol and Myristicin. Highly concentrated, large volumes of dried aril is required to produce a drop of pure, natural mace oil.
What is the advantage of using steam distillation to extract Mace Oil?
Steam Distillation is used for distilling volatile components from various raw materials, like spices, seeds, leaves, roots etc. Mace oil is obtained by the steam distillation of dried aril. These oils are generally recovered by directly applying steam to raw materials followed by condensation of the distillate. The temperature of the steam needs to be carefully controlled – just enough to force the plant material to let go of the Mace essential oil, yet not too hot as to burn the plant material or the Mace oil.
What is mace essential oil used for?
Mace Essential Oil is mainly used for flavouring applications. It is known to be commonly used in soft drink formulations.
What are the colour, aroma and flavour characteristics of Mace Oil?
The colour of Mace Oil ranges from pale yellow to reddish yellow. A highly aromatic spice, it is sweet, spicy and has a slightly woody undernote.
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