- "Nectrose crystals might look like teensy gemstones, but they have a totally unexpected kind of value—pure flavor."
- ―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
Nectrose crystals were a type of crystal used as a flavor-enhancer, infusing water they were dissolved into with a sweet and fruity flavor. As an impoverished child, the human Everi Chalis was given a packet of nectrose crystals out of sympathy by a Trade Federation vessel captain. Tasting the crystals was the most enjoyable experience she had known and made her realize the poverty of her homeworld. In 34 ABY, the Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs included a recipe for nectrose crystals in his work The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook.
- "Nectrose—you're supposed to sprinkle it in water—it makes things sweet and fruity, but I didn't know that."
- ―Everi Chalis
Nectrose crystals were a type of crystal that could be quickly dissolved in water to act as a flavor-enhancer. Resembling shiny gemstones, the crystals could be green, red, or yellow in color and infused water with a sweet and fruity essence. Some individuals used nectrose crystals to enhance the flavor of water that was not fresh, while others used the crystals to experience a boost in energy.
- "I didn't have fresh water. I'd stick my fingers in the crystals and lick them off. I rationed them, gave myself a treat once a week for months. I broke out in hives every time. It was the most wonderful thing I'd ever encountered."
- ―Everi Chalis describes having the nectrose crystals
Prior to the Galactic Empire's reign, which begun in 19 BBY, the impoverished mother of the human Everi Chalis attempted to sell her daughter to the captain of a Trade Federation exploratory vessel; however, at only six years old, Chalis was too small to be of use. Out of sympathy, the captain gave the child a packet of nectrose crystals.
Chalis did not know that the crystals were supposed to be dissolved in water, so she would stick her fingers into the crystals and then lick them, breaking out in hives every time she tried them. She rationed herself to eating nectrose crystals only once a week, with the packet of crystals ultimately lasting for months. Believing the crystals were the most wonderful thing she had encountered in her life so far, Chalis developed a new perspective on how poverty-ridden her homeworld was, with off-worlders being able to afford throwing items such as nectrose crystals to children as charity.
- "I've seen 'em crushed up and used to line the rims of fancy cocktail glasses, and I've also heard stories of soldiers on the battlefront poppin' these rocks straight into their mouths for an extra boost of energy."
- ―Strono Tuggs, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
Around 5 ABY, a boy in the Children of the Empty Sun, a cult operating on the planet Catadra, ate raw nectrose crystals despite sweets being discouraged by the cult. The child then confessed his actions to other members of the Children of the Empty Sun during a disquisition their members had in groups three times a week.
In 34 ABY, the Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs included a recipe for nectrose crystals in his work The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, in which he also used the crystals as toppings for the desserts Mimbanese Mudslide and Nectrose Freeze. Tuggs claimed to have seen the crystals crushed and used to line the rims of ornamental cocktail glasses, and he wrote that he had also heard of soldiers eating the rocks undissolved on the battlefield for a boost of energy.
Behind the scenes
Nectrose crystals were first mentioned in Battlefront: Twilight Company, a novel written by Alexander Freed and published in 2015. Nectrose crystals were later pictured when they received a recipe in the 2019 cookbook Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, which was written by Marc Sumerak and Chelsea Monroe-Cassel. The out-of-universe recipe combines sugar, honey, water, rock salt, baking soda, and citric acid with one of three different flavor combinations that each produce a different color of crystal. The red combination uses vanilla extract, a dash of banana extract, and red food coloring; the yellow requires balsamic vinegar, strawberry extract, and yellow food coloring; and the green combines ground cardamom, orange extract, and green food coloring.
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (First mentioned, simultaneous with Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Shadow Fall (Mentioned only)
- Shadow Fall audiobook (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook (First pictured)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook
- Battlefront: Twilight Company
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy
- Shadow Fall takes place approximately half a year after the Battle of Endor. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know establishes that a standard year was 365 days long, while the sixty-first issue of Star Wars: Build the Millenium Falcon sets the length of a standard month at thirty-five days, with half a year therefore being equal to approximately five months. Furthermore, Before the Awakening states that Kes Dameron and Shara Bey moved to Yavin 4 around six months after the Battle of Endor, with Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dating the move to 5 ABY. Therefore, Shadow Fall must also be set around that year. establishes that
- Shadow Fall
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook establishes that the in-universe book was published at the same time as when the First Order was searching for the Resistance base on Batuu. As that search occurs in Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire, which is set in 34 ABY according to the reasoning here, the cookbook must have been published in 34 ABY.