National Geographic : 1941 May
556 The National Geographic Magazine A Fruit Like an Apricot Encases Both Mace and Nutmeg Here in Bandanaira's damp, dark groves, the nutmeg-poisonous if used to excess but pleasing in taste played a major part in the exploration of the East Indies. Seventeenth-century burghers in the Netherlands sent a classic "boner" to planters to "grow fewer nutmegs and more mace" (page 553). Bandanaira's Nutmeg and Mace Inspired Monopoly, War, and Exploration Between two prongs the fruit is drawn into the open mouth of a bamboo picking basket. Inside useless pulp is a red rubberlike network aril, known as mace. This covering surrounds a shell within which is the wrinkled brown nutmeg. These, like coins, are tested by bouncing them. Wormy ones fall with a thud.