African Food: Some Facts About Kolanut
- 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.
- Kola nuts are often used to treat whooping cough and asthma. The caffeine present acts as a bronchodilator, expanding the bronchial air passages.
- 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.
- The kola nut originates from the Congo and throughout West Africa. Today, it is cultivated in Jamaica, Indonesia and South America.
- Kola nut may be beneficial to those suffering from chronic fatigue and loss of stamina.
- Kola nut is often found in herbal weight loss formulas because it helps to increase metabolism and decrease appetite.
- 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.
- The kola nut tree grows to 18.3 metres (60 feet) and resembles the chestnut.
- Kola nut are main ingredient of soft drinks and medicine.
- Small pieces of kola nut chewed before meals act as an aid to digestion.
Kolanut can be gotten from Shikenan African Shop