Kola Nut - Cola nitida

Because of their stimulating properties Kola nuts were used in magic and as aphrodisiacs, and they still play a strong role in religious and social life of many West and Central African cultures. Europeans began Kola plantations in the 1600s and also took them to the New World - and yes, the original Coca-Cola used them.

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The Kola – or Cola – nut comes from two near identical trees, the small cola tree (Cola acuminata, which has a 4 to 6-part nut) and large cola tree (C. nitida, with a 2-part nut), both indigenous to West Africa.

ACTIVE COMPOUNDS OF KOLA NUTS

Kola was found to contain caffeine in 1865, and later theobromine, which is an active ingredient in chocolate.

PREPARATION, DOSAGE AND USE OF KOLA

Some of the bitter red and white seeds are eaten fresh but most are stored in water or dried in the sun. The nuts are used to make extracts, tinctures and wine extracts.

Nuts are offered to guests and exchanged at the end of business meetings, and in places such as Ghana they are communally chewed at royal and parliamentary occasions. In South America cola nuts are integral to the Santeria and candomble religions.

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Type Raw
Weight 50gr

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