Monkey Kola Fruit Plant (Cola Lepidota)
Monkey Kola / Cola Lepidota:
Common Names: Monkey Kola, Kola Nut
Botanical Name: Cola Lepidota
Description: Monkey Kola, scientifically known as Cola Lepidota, is a medium- to large-sized tropical tree thriving in humid environments. It is an interesting and rare Cola Nut native to Western Africa. The tree produces huge, incredibly healthy fruit with various food purposes. The Monkey Kola fruit has a crisp texture, resembling a carrot. It contains large, violet-colored seeds, orange-colored pulp, and a rich nutrient profile, including fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Nutrient Content: Cola Lepidota is less well-known than C. acuminata but appears to offer similarly beneficial fruits. The fruit contains beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant known as carotenoids, which imparts the fruit its yellow color. Beta-carotene contributes to enhancing the appearance of hair and skin by repairing damaged cells and providing protection against UV radiation.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 4 to 5 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate