Nance fruit facts

Nance fruit is a berry of small ball shaped having a diameter of about 1-2 cm. The fruits usually grow in a cluster which turns to yellow or orange when ripened. The fruits have sour or sweet or flavor. It has peculiar odor and unpleasant taste. The pulp is juicy, white with thin skin. The fruit contains two or three seeds. The bark is used for the medicinal purposes to treat rashes, diarrhea, pulmonary diseases and wound. Jams, jellies and carbonated beverages are prepared from the fruits.

Name Nance fruit
Scientific Name Byrsonima crassifolia
Native Native to Tropical America
Common/English Name Cao cimun, Golden-spoon, Craboo, Maurissi, Maricao cimun, Murici, Indano, Chaparro, Peraleja, Nance, Changunga, Yoco, Nanche, Muruçi, Kraabu, Chacunga, Savanna serrette
Name in Other Languages French: maurissi;
Spanish: indano;
Dutch: Nance;
English: Nance;
French: Maurissi;
Komi: Нансе;
Portuguese: Cangica;
Russian: Нансе;
Spanish: Changugo
Plant Growth Habit Slow growing, large shrub/tree
Growing Climate Tropical, subtropical
Plant Size Height: 33 feet
Bark Dark brown, fissured, rough; Inner bark: pinkish
Trunk Tall or short, straight or crooked
Leaf Opposite, ovate-elliptic or oblong-elliptic, less brown or grey hairy; Length: 3.2-17 cm; Width: 4-7 cm
Flowering Season Spring-fall
Flower Five petals, yellow or dull orange, red; Length: 10-20 cm; Width: 1.25-2 cm
Fruit shape & size Small ball shaped, round, ovate to globose; Width: 8-12 cm; Diameter: 0.8-1.5 cm
Fruit color Orange to yellow
Flesh color White, juicy
Fruit peel Thin
Flavor/aroma Pungent, distinct
Seed 1 to 3 seeds, white; Diameter: 0.5-1.2 cm
Fruit Season August and September
Major Nutritions [1 cup without pits, thawed (112 g)] Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 103.6 mg (115.11%)
Total dietary Fiber 8.4 g (22.11%)
Carbohydrate 19.01 g (14.62%)
Manganese, Mn 0.278 mg (12.09%)
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 13.3 µg (11.08%)
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1.4 mg (9.33%)
Potassium, K 273 mg (5.81%)
Iron, Fe 0.43 mg (5.38%)
Magnesium, Mg 22 mg (5.24%)
Calcium, Ca 52 mg (5.20%)
Health Benefits
  • Lead toxicity
  • Treats cancer
  • Prevent heart problems
  • Treats diabetes
  • Reduce sprain and inflammation
  • Maintains sugar level
  • Clot blood
  • Reduce bleeding
  • Repair skin
  • Assist vision
Calories in 1 cup without pits, thawed (112 g) 82 Kcal.
Traditional uses
  • Treats rashes, wounds, diarrhea and pulmonary diseases
  • Reduce fats and cholesterol
  • Treats skin wrinkles, hair fall and memory loss
  • Promote menstruation
  • Antidote for snake bite
  • Poultice for wounds
  • Treats illness, high blood pressure and gonorrhea
  • Antidote, astringent, anti-inflammatory properties
  • Allergic reactions
  • Should not use excessively
How to Eat
  • Preserve for future use.
  • Prepare carbonated beverages, jellies, jams.
  • Consumed raw, cooked or added to soups.
  • Make pesada de nance
  • Juice and ice cream


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