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Oct 16, 2008 02:57 PM

Mace substitute?

I need a small amount of ground mace to flavor the split pea soup that I plan to make but I don't have it and can't get it easily. So what spice would you substitute? I have a lot of other spices, just not mace. (The only other seasoning in the soup is bay leaves.) TIA

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  1. well, mace comes from the same fruit as clove so Id say a whole clove or two would do it.
    I usually stick a couple cloves in the onion for my split pea soup - it works fine.

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Mace is part of the nutmeg spice, not cloves. A few gratings of nutmeg will give your peas soup a similar flavor to mace.

      1. re: ChesterhillGirl

        Agree with this. I also like the website for questions like this.

      2. re: jen kalb

        Yes, as Chesterhillgirl noted, mace is the outer webbing of a nutmeg, so a little bit of nutmeg should do the trick. Go easy on the nutmeg, though -- while I love it as an accent flavor in savory dishes, a little goes a LONG way.

        1. re: jen kalb

          wow I guess the financial crisis is affecting my brain. I was having a hard time visualising the structural relation of the mace with the clove fruit and gave it up- I guess this is why Nevertheless, I recommend the clove as a sub flavor. Obviously nutmeg as suggested would be closer.

        2. Yes, nutmeg and mace are from the same plant but if you don't have nutmeg, allspice should be similar enough for your purpose.

          1. Mace is not the same as clove. Allspice, mace and nutmeg come from the same tree. All of those have similar flavours. I have a ton of mace and regularly subsitute it for allspice so I'm sure you can do it in reverse.

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            1. re: sarah galvin

              I had no idea those three came from the same tree - how interesting.

              1. re: sarah galvin

                No, allspice is a different plant and the berries are like pea-sized peppercorns.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Mace and nutmeg come from a tree that was originally limited to the Banda islands of eastern Indonesia.

                    Allspice is from a New World plant, famously in Jamaica.

                    1. re: Karl S

                      I stand corrected. This is what I was told at a plantation in Goa.

                1. Bumping this with a question. I've got a cookie recipe that calls for both nutmeg and mace. I've got the nutmeg, but I'd like to substitute for the mace. More nutmeg? Allspice? Cloves?

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                  1. re: hungrydrivers

                    What kind of cookie is it? If it's a spice cookie of some sort, I might add a little clove and a little cinnamon.

                    1. re: hungrydrivers

                      A bit more nutmeg and some grated lemon rind. mace doen't taste of other spices to me, with clove and cinnamon you would be heading more in an allspice direction.