Kola nuts in glass jar, Africa, 1880-1920


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Jar containing large kola nuts from Africa, bottled in England, 1830-1920. Front view, White background.
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Glass specimen jar containg Kola nuts, Africa (tall cylindrical English jar), 1880-1920

African Kola nuts stored in an English glass jar. The active ingredient in kola nuts is caffeine. The nuts are chewed at community get-togethers, ceremonies and visits. Caffeine’s stimulating effect makes it useful in medicines worldwide. The first cola soft drinks were also made from extracts of the kola nut.

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