Profile: Cola acuminata is a tropical African tree with yellow blooms and reddish-brown seeds. Bitter kola nuts signify peace and friendship in many cultures. Chewing the nut before meals helped digestion. Kola nut has been utilized in African folk herbalism for thousands of years for its medicinal characteristics.
The 40-foot-tall kola tree grows in tropical Africa. Its purple-tinged yellow blossoms yield reddish-brown seeds approximately the size of a walnut that are rich in caffeine. The Sterculiaceae tree is called ghanja cola.
The Igbo believe the kola nut tree the first tree (and fruit) on earth. The nut symbolizes hospitality, friendliness, and brotherhood. Western Africa chews a nut before meals to aid digestion. Mid-16th-century Portuguese traders introduced it to Europe. The nut is also believed to improve food flavor and purify water.
Kola is a common ingredient in traditional colas. Nuts are steeped in alcohol to prepare herbal tinctures. Bitter tea and powder capsules are options. Kola nut was once the major ingredient in cola drinks but is now utilized as a flavoring element.
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