Shop from variety of products at the Grocery & Gourmet Foods store. Pay COD*. Pay on Delivery. History: The earliest known usage of nutmeg is on the island of Pulau Ay around 3,500 years ago based on residue found on ceramic Until the mid-19th century, the small island group of the Banda Islands, which are also known under the name \"Spice Islands,\" was the only location of the production of nutmeg and mace in the world. The Banda Islands are situated in the eastern part of Indonesia, in the province of Maluku. They consist of eleven small volcanic islands, called Neira, Gunung Api, Banda Besar, Rhun, Ai, Hatta, Syahrir, Karaka, Manukan, Nailaka and Batu Kapal, with a total approximate land area of 8,150 hectares Read on to learn the best substitute for nutmeg as well as six other spices that will also work.The Best Bet is Mace. This is the closest and best substitute for nutmeg. ...Garam Masala. This is a spice blend that is commonly used in Indian, Pakistani, and other Asian cuisines. ...Pumpkin Pie Spice. ...Cinnamon. ...Ginger.