Have you heard of Nance fruit? The fruit grows on bush-like trees in small clusters. However, the Nance bushes can reach more than 30 feet into the sky so they are not necessarily short in stature.
The growing habitat of the fruit ranges from tropical to arid grasslands. It requires little water to grow which makes it thrive in a wide range of climates. The fruit grows in Central America, Southern Mexico, and Caribbean islands.
The yellowish skin of the fruit surrounds a code that is simply packed with vitamins and minerals. The juicy pulp of the fruit harbors an abundance of nutrients such as vitamin C, Vitamin E, and vitamin K. There is also a large presence of riboflavin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, niacin, folate and manganese in the power packed bulbs.
Nance fruit is a great home remedy for a number of ailments. Here are a few:
- Constipation: The fibrous fruit is used to treat constipation.
- Pregnancy: Since the fruit is rich in folate in acts as a prenatal vitamin.
- Depression: The folate in the fruit also helps treat depression.
- Memory: Nance fruit improves memory and can help deter memory loss.
- Diarrhea: Nance bark treats diarrhea.
- Wounds: Wounds and rashes can also be treated with the bark.
- Wheezing: Nance is used locally in the communities where it is popular to address wheezing and other pulmonary diseases.
- Back Pain: The fruit helps relieve both fatigue and aching bones
- High Blood Pressure: Nance fruit helps create red blood cells and antibodies as well as lowering blood pressure.
- Osteoporosis: Teeth and bones can be strengthened by using the fruit.
- Heart Disease: Finally the fruit helps to reinforce the cardiac system
Nance fruit is shaped like a small sphere and has a very aromatic scent that does not compare to other fruits you may know. The taste of the fruit ranges from sweet to sour. You always know when a nance fruit is ripe when it turns from green to striking yellow.
In some areas of central America, locals cook the fruit or just eat it fresh The fruit is also cooked with sugar and used a candy or as a sweet dessert.
In Panama, the nance fruit is a key ingredient of a sweet treat that is infused with sugar and flour called pesada de nance. Nance fruit is also crafted into candies. In Nicaragua, the fruit is named nancite. The popular fruity bulbs used in raspados and mixed with ice.
There are many drinks also made with the versatile fruit. Many local carbonated drinks use the fruit as a base. Nance is also made into a Brazilian ice cream. In Mexico, the fruit is pressed into a fresh squeezed juice that is tangy and frothy.
On the wild side, the fruit is used to create the fermented drink known as chicha. In Costa Rica Nance is crafted into a liqueur that is distinctive and original. Several varieties of fruit jellies and jams are also made from the fruit. The fruit is even used as a stuffing for meat.
The benefits from this spunky little fruit are fantastic! Consider including this power packed fruit in your diet.