Post Image

Calabash Nutmeg is a local spice that is used in making traditional dishes in Nigeria. It is also used in making herbal medications. Various ethnic groups in the country have different names for it. The Igbo call it ehuru. The Itshekiri call it Iwo; the Urhobo call it erhe while the Hausa call it Gudan Miya. Calabash Nutmeg comes in a hard case and when the case is removed, it reveals the seed which is either ground or grated before it is added to food. Calabash Nutmeg has a very nice aroma and a distinctive taste. It’s best to use a little quantity of this local spice at a time so that its aroma and taste does not overpower other ingredients in the soup.

Read more about Food

One thing I find tiring when it comes to using this spice is cracking the hard case. The process usually involves pan roasting and then cracking the case open with your teeth or a heavy object. Oftentimes,  when trying to crack open the case, the Calabash Nutmeg divides into two causing one to go through the stress of deshelling each half. As a fan of stressfree cooking, I have been looking for an easier way to deshell this spice as this whole business seemed too long. I made a few consultations but no one had the answer I sought. This caused me to consider that most of us have this “as was in the beginning” mentality about cooking method.

One day, while I was researching calabash nutmeg,  an article on how to deshell it with Blender popped up. A few days later, I conducted my own experiment and it worked. So, if you want to learn this new trick, stay with me awhile.

Sign up to the Connect Nigeria daily newsletter

The first thing to do is to bring out a clean pan and the quantity of calabash nutmeg that you need. Afterwards, panroast the spice to intensify its aroma. When the nutmegs have browned, transfer them to a blender. You can start by pulsing and then let the engine run for a few minutes. Within that time, you will notice the pieces of the shell floating up. Open the blender and check the nutmegs. If the shells have been removed completely, stop. Otherwise repeat the process until the spice is completely deshelled. Once you remove them from the blender, they are ready for grating or grinding.


Dooney’s Kitchen

Featured Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Did you find this article useful? Contact us:

You might also like:
This article was first published on 19th March 2020


Udevi, Obiamaka Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in History & International Studies. She's a freelance writer with a passion for food and healthy living. She can be contacted through her email address,

Comments (11)

11 thoughts on “Tip of the Day: How To Deshell Calabash Nutmeg With Blender”

  • It’ѕ an remarkable pɑгagraph designed for all the online viѕitors; they will take advantage from it I am sure.

  • Eνerything is very open with a very clear explanation of tһe challenges.

    It was definitely informative. Your site іs useful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Touche. Great arguments. Қeep սp the amazing effоrt.

  • What a materіɑl of un-ambiguity and preserνeness of ρrecіous knoѡ-how
    about unpredicted feelings.

  • I am not surе where you are getting yoᥙr information, but great topіc.
    I needs tо sρend ѕome time learning much more оr understanding more.

    Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  • I think this website has got some real fantastic info for everyone : D.

  • You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

  • Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

  • As a Newbie, I am constantly exploring online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  • It’s really a nice and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *