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"Nectrose crystals might look like teensy gemstones, but they have a totally unexpected kind of value—pure flavor."
―Strono Tuggs[src]

Nectrose crystals were a type of crystal used as a flavor-enchancer, 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 convinced her to leave her homeworld. At some point following the Battle of Takodana, the Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs included a recipe for nectrose crystals in his cookbook, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook.

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"Nectrose—you’re supposed to sprinkle it in water—it makes things sweet and fruity, but I didn’t know that"
―Everi Chalis[src]

Nectrose crystals were a type of crystal that could be quickly dissolved in water to act as a flavor-enhancer. The crystals could be red, yellow or green in color and infused water[1] with a sweet and fruity essence.[2]

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"My mother tried to sell me to a Trade Federation exploratory vessel when I was six. I was too small. Out of pity, the captain gave me a packet of nectrose crystals."
―Everi Chalis, to Hazram Namir — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Nectrose crystals played a pivotal role in the life of Everi Challis.

Prior to the Galactic Empire's reign, the impoverished mother of the human Everi Chalis[2] attempted to sell her to the captain of a Trade Federation exploratory vessel;[3] 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 suppose to be dissolved in water and so would stick her fingers into the crystals then lick them. She rationed herself to doing this only once a week, meaning the packet of crystals lasted her months.[2]

The crystals were the most wonderful thing Chalis had encountered up till that point in her life, and she broke out in hives each time she tasted them. Tasting the crystals drove Challis to leave her homeworld, as they made her realize that she lived in filth while offworlds could afford to throw things as wonderful as nectrose crystals to children as charity.[2]

At some point after the Battle of Takodana[1] in 34 ABY,[4] the Artiodac chef Strono Tuggs included a recipe for nectrose crystals in his cookbook, The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, in which he also used them as an ingredient for Nectrose Freeze and Mimbanese Mudslide cocktails. Tuggs claimed to have seen the crystals crushed and used to line the rims of fancy cocktail glasses, and had also heard of soldiers eating the rocks undissolved on the battlefield for a boost of energy.[1]

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Nectrose crystals were first mentioned in Battlefront: Twilight Company, a novel written by Alexander Freed and published in 2015.[2] The out-of-universe recipe for nectrose crystals included 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, includes a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of honey, two tablespoons of water, half a teaspoon of rock salt, a teaspoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of citric acid and one of three different "flavor combos".[1]

The different flavor combos each produce a different color of crystal; the red combo requires half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a dash of banana extract and red food coloring, the yellow requires a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, a dash of strawberry extract and yellow food coloring, and the green requires half a teaspoon of ground cardamom, a dash of orange extract and green food coloring. The recipe requires the sugar, honey, water, and salt to be melted together and left to cook. The baking soda and citric acid are then combined separate to the mixture, before the flavor combo is stirred in to the main mix. Once the mixture's temperature reaches three hundred degrees Fahrenheit, the soda-citrus mix is stirred in and the mixture whisked and poured onto a baking sheet. After cooling, the mixture is shattered and is ready to eat of break down into dust to dissolve in water.[1]

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