Nancy Tree Seeds (Byrsonima crassifolia) Also Known As, Golden Spoon, Nance, Maricao cimun, And Yellow Cherry !
Byrsonima crassifolia is a species of flowering plant in the acerola family, Malpighiaceae, that is native to tropical America. It is valued for its small, sweet, yellow fruit, which are strongly scented. Common names include nanche, nance, chacunga, changunga, craboo, kraabu, savanna serrette (or savanna serret) and golden spoon.
Usually eaten fresh , used in drinks or making jam and jelly. A liqueur is sometimes made from the fruits.
Small, up to 1/2", orange-yellow fruit with an often acidic taste.
Nance is native from southern Mexico through the Pacific side of Central America to Peru and Brazil; also occurs in Trinidad, Barbados, Curacao, St. Martin, Dominica, Guadeloupe,El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and throughout Cuba and the Isle of Pines.
The fruits, also called nance, are eaten raw or cooked as dessert. The fruits are often used to prepare carbonated beverages, flavor mezcal-based liqueurs, or make an oily, acidic, fermented beverage known as chicha, the standard term applied to assorted beer-like drinks made of fruits or maize. Nance is used to distill a rum-like liquor called crema de nance in El Salvador produces a licor de nanche. A drink is to be marketed nance liquor. The fruits globose, about the size of a pea, have a bright yellow and are a rich source of vitamin C, several times greater than that contained in the orange; is used to make wines, creams, ice cream, another way to consume it in syrup or pickled like olives.
Shrub or small tree to about 30ft.
Trees will grow in subtropical climates but are not very hardy. Trees are known to have survived brief freezes.
The nance will grow on poor soil and can stand long periods of drought.
Almost exclusively by seeds. Grafting is occasionally done.
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