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Golden Spoon, Nance
Scientific Name: Byrsonima crassifolia (L.) Kunth in H.B.K.
Synonym:
Family: Malpighiaceae
Golden Spoon, Nance (Byrsonima  crassifolia)
Nance from an Acapulco (Mexico) market
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 23-24
USDA: 10-12

Frost Tolerance: Tender in Phoenix. Hardy to 32F (0 C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Mexico to Venezuela

Growth Habits: Shrub or tree up to 50 feet tall

Watering Needs:

Propagation: Seeds, grafting


The Golden Spoon is closely related to the Maricao (Byrsonima spicata). It is native to the same area as the "maricao" and also is grown for its edible fruit. The golden spoon varies greatly in form and may be a low shrub or a small tree. The variable-shaped leaves usually are formed in whorls of three. Tea made with its bark is supposed to improve digestion and appetite.

Golden Spoon, Nance (Byrsonima  crassifolia)

Cultural Practices:
The golden spoon is propagated by seeds. The plants are able to thrive on unproductive soil if it is well drained.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
The yellow, acid fruits are about one-half inch in diameter and are called "Nanche" in Mexico, where they are used in soups or meat stuffings, or are eaten raw.


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