I came home to very ripe bananas crying out for banana bread. My favorite spice for banana bread is nutmeg. The best way to have flavorful nutmeg is to freshly grate a whole nutmeg instead of using dried bottled powder that is old and muted.
The nutmeg tree is any of several species of trees in genus Myristica. The most important commercial species is Myristica fragrans, an evergreen tree indigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia.
Myristica is cited as the only plant which produces two spices. The hard piece you see being grated is the nutmeg seed and the outer red webbing of the seed produces the spice mace.
My Microplane Zester made quick work f this seed for a double batch of banana bread this snow winter evening.