Mace is the aril (the bright red, lacy covering) of the nutmeg seed shell. Mace has a flavor and aroma similar to that of nutmeg, with a hint of pepper.
Mace has a wide range of uses from desserts to savory roast meats. Mace has a versatile flavor that can be used to complement a variety of foods. Mace is the main flavoring of white sauce, lasagna, and some stews. It is also used in sausages, pastries, sauces for fish and pickle, chutneys, jam and in some Indian desserts. Mace makes a notable appearance in Chettinad and Mughlai cuisine.