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Nance fruit resembles a cherry in appearance but not in taste. The oily white pulp's flavor has been described by some as "cheese-like".
Depending on location Nance can generally be found in season in the fall.
Byrsonima crassifolia, the Nance fruit, is highly perishable. The life of the fruit can be prolonged by storing it in water.
Nance fruit contains calcium, Vitamin C, and fiber.
Nance fruit can be used to make juices and flavor ice creams and other desserts. It is used in the making and distilling of carbonated and alcoholic beverages, including chicha, a beer-like drink.
Nance is used as a traditional antidote for snakebite in Belize.
Native to Central and South America, Nance trees grow wild in forests and savannahs, where they are a popular food for the birds. In Costa Rica, they provide nectar for the honeybees. The trees are cultivated in parts of Mexico, where the fruit is sometimes used to flavor mezcal.
People have spotted Nance using the Specialty Produce app for iPhone and Android.
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