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Description for the characteristic smell and taste of a wine in the context of a wine address. Nutmeg is derived from the Latin term "nux muscata", which means "musk-scented nut". However, muscatel must not be confused with musk and also not with the grapey tone often associated with muscatel varieties. The nutmeg, which is 8 to 10 cm long, is the seed kernel of the nutmeg tree. The pear-shaped, ochre-yellow to orange fruits contain roundish seeds about 2 cm in size, which are surrounded by a red-coloured fleshy seed coat. The kernel of the seed is used both as a spice and as a drug. Colloquially, the seed is known as nutmeg or mace and the seed coat as mace (macis).

Muskatnuss - Früchte und Samen

The aromatic substances of the seed kernel are responsible for the nutmeg. These include terpenes (monoterpene alcohols), borneol and eugenol. Muscatel wines are mainly wines from Muscatel varieties, new varieties with a Muscatel parent, and various bouquet varieties. Most grape varieties with "muscat" (muscat) in their name contain Musketeller genes and thus exhibit a more or less pronounced muscat tone. Mostly white wine varieties have this characteristic, but there are also some red wine varieties such as Agni, Aleatico, Muscat Trollinger, Rosenmuskateller and Wild Muscat.

Picture left: Köhlers medicinal plants, Gemeinfrei, Link
Picture right: shutterstock - Santhosh Varghese

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