This spice goes well with milk and egg-based recipes, and is essential in béchamel, the classic white sauce of French cuisine. It can be used to season cream soups (especially winter squash and cheese), poultry, teas, coffee and milk beverages, cakes, cookies and custards. The fresh pine notes, woody and citric, may be destroyed when subjected to high temperatures. Therefore, the ingredient is fully flavorful and aromatic when freshly grated right before serving. Fruit of an Asian tree, nutmeg is a small, oval seed sold whole or ground.