Kola-nut belongs to the Malvaceae family of trees. It is very common in the tropical rainforests of Africa. In fact, it is a unique symbol of most tribes in Nigeria. Kola-nuts can grow to a height of 65 feet, while maintaining their green color year-round.
This plant does very well in humid and tropical parts of the world. It is also widely cultivated in Brazil, Indonesia, and Jamaica. In Africa, people value it as a positive symbol when welcoming guests. They are used as a form of goodwill and it is not unusual to find people saying prayers during the breaking of kola-nuts.
Kola-nuts have a bitter taste due to their high level of caffeine. They are known to have fat-burning properties, which explains why they are used in the manufacture of weight reduction pills.
It is widely believed that kola-nuts are effective in the restoration of energy levels. Because of this belief, they are used in the rejuvenation of the body’s natural energy levels. It is commonly believed that they play a major role in restoring one’s libido in cases where it is lowered by fatigue or stress.
In fact, they are often chewed as an aphrodisiac. They are believed to have stimulating and euphoric properties. Other uses of kola-nut include being used as payment of dowry and for building houses. Some communities use kola-nut as a component in some soft drinks and wine thus making the fruit an important part of African cuisine.
It is common to find kola-nuts in most African shops. Kola-nuts are often used to enhance the taste of African food and sometimes they are used alone as appetizers before meals. Some Africans use kola-nut to purify water.
This wonder plant has many medical uses. Most Africans use it to reduce unbearable labor pains, relieve hangovers or relieve the symptoms of diarrhea and nausea. Kola-nuts are also very effective in the healing of wounds.
They are still used in spiritual ceremonies, divination and invocation of spirits. Most African believes that he who brings kola brings life.