Friday, August 22, 2008

NANCE - (Not Guayaba) - Youngest Son's 1st Business

I arrived back in Mexico last night. Very nice to be SOB again.

It was a rough week in USA getting the house completely empty for renters. Special friends will move the last of our boxes and Renters arrive next week. I moved some business clothes and stuff to Art Friend's house. I will stay with Art Friend and her daughter when back in USA for business. She has been so generous to invite me into her home.

Kids have had a great week in school. Somewhat anti-climatic given how nervous Husband and I were.

Youngest Son's Business Venture
UPDATE - I had previouslly posted this fruit to be Guayaba - I was so wrong. It is Nance.
So Youngest Son has been collecting the small round yellow berries, Nance, growing on tree outside our Villa. Apparently Youngest Son is selling them to people! Husband stopped him from selling to Nema, our housekeeper. It was a surprise to us that these fruits were editable.
Here is some information about this fruit new to us:
The nance is a slow-growing large shrub or tree to 33 ft (10 m) high, or, in certain situations, even reaching 66 ft (20 m); varying in form from round-topped and spreading to narrow and compact; the trunk short or tall, crooked or straight. The fruit is peculiarly odorous, orange-yellow, round, 5/16 to 7/16 in (8-12 cm) wide, with thin skin and white, juicy, oily pulp varying in flavor from insipid to sweet, acid, or cheese-like.
In Mexico, the tree is often found on rocky ground. It grows well in sandy and alkaline-sandy soils. It is well suited for restoration of infertile and burned-over land.
In Mexico, the tree blooms from April through July and the fruits are marketed in September and October. In Puerto Rico, the tree blooms and fruits continuously from spring to fall; in Brazil from December to April.
The fruits fall to the ground when fully ripe and are very perishable. However, they can be stored in good condition for several months by merely keeping them submerged in water.
The fruits are eaten raw or cooked as dessert, or may be included in soup or in stuffing for meats. J.N. Rose in 1899 wrote that he saw nances, olives and rice cooked with stewed chicken in Mexico.

The fruits are often used to prepare carbonated beverages, or an acid, oily, fermented beverage known by the standard term chicha applied to assorted beer-like drinks made of fruits or maize. By distillation, there is produced in Costa Rica, a rum-like liquor called Crema de nance.


Steve Cotton said...

I have never tasted guavas. Any impressions?

American Mommy in Mexico said...

We do not care for them. It is kinda a dry after taste. But, Nema and the locals seem to really enjoy them.

NotAnMD said...

I discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and am fascinated by the whole idea of your family's decision. Keep those posts coming!

As far as the guayabas, they really are an acquired taste. My parents have always had a couple of trees and I still don't really like them. However, they make this marmalade with them that's made with cinnamon and piloncillo (brown sugar that they sell shaped as hard cones). It is INCREDIBLE over vanilla ice cream.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I don't this those are guayaba (guava) they look like guaya which is a different fruit check this link out

the name sounds the same but the fruits taste totally different.
I love that your son is selling the fruit.

Anonymous said...

I am thouroughly enjoying your blog! We would also like to experience a school year or two w/the ninos in the next couple of years. We already love the area you are in!! Look forward to sharing your adventure with you!

American Mommy in Mexico said...

I did look at your website (which is exactly weher I got my guayaba desription!) and I still think it is guayaba but not 100% sure. Will have to investigate further!

I will update my posting ...

Theresa in Mèrida said...

Americanmommy, do they have big seeds or a bunch of little seeds? Also guayabas have a lovely smell and are sweet when ripe. There are different kinds of guayabas too, the ones we bought in California were bigger and tasted better than the ones we buy in the supermarket here, plus the ones here are round and about the size of pingpong ball, the nob ones are green and eggshaped and sized. They both smell the same though.
When we were kids my mom would buy pasta de guayaba and we'd eat it with cream cheese on toast. Here they sometimes call it ate de guayaba, but it's the same stuff.

sarah said...

oh oh oh... they're not quite the same as guava, but maybe it's just a matter of whether they're fresh or transported, and exact species.

i so miss guayaba. our hotel in Mexico City placed a bowl of them out every day, and the Kid would dutifully pick one out for me each morning.

there's a ton of things i miss about Mexico right now, and guayaba are at the top of the list. Mmmm.... Youngest Son would do quite well if I were in town there. :)