Kola nuts in glass jar, Africa, 1880-1920
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.
- Materia Medica & Pharmacology
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- specimen jars materia medica, pharmacy, pharmacy (materia medica), fruits, kola nuts, pharmacy (materia medica), specimen jars
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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