A large tree, native to the Moluccas, but brought by the Dutch and Portuguese to the Caribbean Islands. It takes 6-7 years to fruit and requires high humidity with fertile soil. In such areas, the tree will bear all year. In other areas, fruit is harvested twice a year. The fruit Is about 2" round with yellow skin, which splits in half, showing a red pulp (mace) surrounding a hard-shelled seed, the kernel of which is nutmeg.