African Food: Some Facts About Kolanut


African Food: Some Facts About Kolanut

  1. The kola nut is the fruit of the kola tree, a genus (Cola) of trees native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. The caffeine-containing fruit of the tree is sometimes used as a flavoring ingredient in beverages.
  2. Kola nuts are often used to treat whooping cough and asthma. The caffeine present acts as a bronchodilator, expanding the bronchial air passages.
  3. Kola nuts are used as a religious object and sacred offering during prayers, ancestor veneration, and significant life events, such as naming ceremonies, weddings, and funerals.
  4. The kola nut originates from the Congo and throughout West Africa. Today, it is cultivated in Jamaica, Indonesia and South America.
  5. Kola nut may be beneficial to those suffering from chronic fatigue and loss of stamina.
  6. Kola nut is often found in herbal weight loss formulas because it helps to increase metabolism and decrease appetite.
  7. The kola nut is also used to treat migraine headaches, because the caffeine and theobromine act as cerebral vasodilators (increase blood flow in the head) and, when used in a poultice, can be applied to external cuts and scrapes.
  8. The kola nut tree grows to 18.3 metres (60 feet) and resembles the chestnut.
  9. Kola nut are main ingredient of soft drinks and medicine.
  10. Small pieces of kola nut chewed before meals act as an aid to digestion.

Kolanut can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop

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