The kola nut is a tropical fruit native to West Africa. It is oblong in shape and has a tough, brown outer shell. Inside the shell is a white, bitter-tasting seed that is rich in caffeine. In many cultures, the kola nut is prized for its stimulating effects and is often chewed as a natural source of energy. In the kitchen, it can be ground and used as a spice to add a subtle, caffeine-infused kick to desserts and beverages.
Kola nuts have a bitter taste when chewed fresh. When dried, the taste becomes milder and they reportedly smell of nutmeg. The Kola Nut contains about 2 to 3 percent caffeine, a known stimulant.
Botanical Name: Cola Acuminate
Also known as: Colanut, Cola seeds, Guru nut, بذور الكولا