WARNING: Steenbergs Ltd has become aware that an identity fraudster is falsely using the Steenbergs name and head office address to offer employment and business opportunities to unsuspecting people and businesses. The fraud originates in Nigeria and is in no manner connected to Steenbergs Ltd. There is no Garry Walker or pharmaceuticals or similar business at 6 Hallikeld Close. If you are in the UK, notify Action Fraud at 0300 123 2040.

Browse our products

Free delivery on all UK orders over £24.99

Shop in confidence

Cola Nut - Ground Powder

Description Price Quantity
Steenbergs Cola Nut Powder 70g £2.88

Flavours:Sour

Cuisine:African


Contents:Vegan
, Sugar free
, Salt free


Cola Nut - Ground Powder

View larger Image

Cola is the source of half of that most iconic of brands, Coca-Cola.  In fact, it is really kola, but the lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia, who drew the original copperplate brand name did not like the letter "k", so kola morphed to cola; also, that is how the brand is in old fashioned copperplate as that was the original lawyer's handwriting script.  Kola nut has a bitter flavour and contains caffeine.


Cola Nuts (or Kola Nuts) are the fruit of the kola tree that is native to the tropical rainforests of Africa, perhaps being originally a native of Nigeria, and related to the cocoa tree that also comes from West Africa.  In Sudan they may be called guru or gourou nuts and in the Congo makasso.  Nowadays they may be cultivated in Brazil, Indonesia or the West indies.  There are 100-125 species in Africa, but the main species are Cola vera, Cola nitida and Cola acuminata - Steenbergs comes from Cola nitida. Kola nut trees are evergreen species of the cocoa family, which grow to 20-25m in height (65-80ft), have long tear-like leaves, yielding its first crop after five years and is full bearing for ten years thereafter.  Kola trees blossom with yellow flowers with purple spots and grow a star-shaped fruit that resembles chestnuts.  Within the fruit, there are a dozen rounded red seeds in the white outer seed shell.  The kola nuts have a sweet, floral (but mild) aroma, but the taste is bitter although this sweetens upon chewing and contains caffeine.  For more information on kola nuts, try Ingredientia and Wikipedia.


Cola Nuts do contain caffeine and have a slightly bitter flavour. Kola nuts are eaten in West Africa as follows: by breaking them open, cut them into pieces, then chewing the pieces like chewing gum then spitting out the fibrous material. Most people find the taste very bitter, especially at first.  The stimulative effect is similar to a strong cup of coffee and it used to be carried around and eaten to keep people going when out and about.  It is one of the ingredients in real Cola drinks and Steenbergs sells it for extraction to some flavour houses, from whence it goes into cola drinks in the UK.  I like the entry in my old copy of Law's Grocers Manual which says "Kola, combined with coca (or koka), a shrub native to South America, whose leaves are rich in stimulating alkaloids of a different nature from those found in kola, is much used in an effervescent drink extremely popular in the United States of America and Canada called "Coca-Cola"" - you don't say!


Steenbergs Cola Nut Powder (Kola Nut Powder) is part of Steenbergs range of specialist ingredients.  In addition, Steenbergs stocks over 400 individual herbs, spices and ingredients, as well as having a huge range of seasonings and ambient products of other brands.  For more information, please call us on 01765 640 088, email to enquiries@steenbergs.co.uk, and we will happily do our best to answer your queries and have a general natter about almost anything we do at Steenbergs.

Nutritional Info:

Values per 100g:
Energy 294kCal; 1237kJ
Protein 8.8g
Carbohydrates 49.7g
Fat 1.0g

Values per 2.5g teaspoon:
Energy 7kCal; 31kJ
Protein 0.2g
Carbohydrates 1.2g
Fat 0.0g

You might also like

Your basket

Top sellers

  1. Lebkuchen Baking Spice Mix organic - 40g
  2. Organic Redbush / Rooibos Loose Leaf Tea
  3. Cinnamon Ground Powder Organic Spice
  4. Rose Petals Organic Dried Edible Flowers
  5. Organic Ground Cumin 150g Resealable Pouch
  6. Organic Fairtrade Mulled Wine Spice Sachets
  7. Cumin Ground Powder Organic Spice
  8. Organic Cinnamon Powder Refill Bulk Pouches
  9. Cardamom Ground Organic - 50g

Latest from the blog

Niki’s Spiced Apple Cake
14 November 2017, 9:20 amFancy a seriously simple yet delicious sweet treat? Look no further than my autumnal spiced apple cake! Designed and created…... Read more
Recipe for Sticky Ginger Cupcakes
7 November 2017, 8:32 amLet’s warm up with Niki Bakes easy ginger cupcakes! I love how autumnal and warming these little bites of heaven…... Read more
If at first you don’t succeed, chai chai again
25 October 2017, 7:11 amChai is a centuries old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures, most notably in India where…... Read more
Decoration