Kola nut comes from the pod of the Kola (Cola) nut tree (Cola acuminata , Cola nitida), belonging to the evergreen family. The kola nut is a stimulant that is used for food, medicinal, ceremonial purposes. In terms of food it was used in Coca Cola as sweetener and stimulant. Medicinal use for stomach ache, headache, diuretic, and sexual impotency. In west Africa it is given as gift at wedding ceremonies.
The tree was domesticated in West Africa. It was brought to the new world--Brazil, the Caribbean-- by Africans in the slave trade. Nigeria produces 70% of the worlds kola nut(2014).
Kola trees are grown from the seed. When growing, plant seed in a pot and later transplant to plain field. It can also be grown from cuttings. To grow a kola nut tree soil must be deeply rich and fertile and well drained. Accummulation of water might prove to be unsatisfactory for the plant except in dry weather conditions. The plant grows well in coastal area and rainforest conditions. It can grow 40 to 60 feet and might take 7 to 10 years to bear fruits from seeds.