A nutmeg grater is a hand held kitchen utensil used for grating or grinding spices as well as foods such as garlic or chocolate. The two main types of nutmeg graters include the kind that has a metal section for grating on the outside and the type with a handle to turn and the grating mechanism inside.
The nice thing about a nutmeg grater is that it can be used for many other foods as well. Cinnamon sticks, garlic cloves, chocolate, lemon rind and ginger root are just some of the possibilities to use a nutmeg grater for. Some people even grate hard cheeses such as fontina and parmigiano reggiano with it. The nutmeg graters with the metal grating surface on the outside often have the storage compartment for spices on the top of the grater.