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Bitter kola is about 3-5 cm in length. It has an ellipsoid shape. A brown to deep brown peel covers it. This peel is removed before it is eaten. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth when it is eaten. It is this bitterness that its name is derived.
The scientific name for bitter kola is Garcinia kola. It is called Orogbo in Yoruba. The Hausas call it Miji-goro, while it is called Akiilu by the Igbos.
Garcinia kola is available in large quantity in West Africa and it is classified as a powerful antibiotic that is essential for treating certain ailments. Garcinia Kola otherwise known as aku inu by the Ibo part of Nigeria is used immensely for preparing herbal drugs.