Bitter kola that is widely known and eaten by many is reputed for its effective health benefits.
Organic syrups are rare in pharmacies while those produced with chemicals are easy to get. According to medics, natural pharmaceutical products are really efficient and bitter kola syrup is not exclusive. Many know the “Bitter Kola” fruit, some eat bitter kola, while others don’t like it at all. Going by its virtues and to convince all to like bitter kola products, a small and medium-sized enterprise; les Merveilles de Mimi did research and added value to it after undergoing a 5-month training seminar in Cameroon on-board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, operated by Mercy Ships. With the programme Food for Life, the CEO of Les Merveilles de Mimi, Ngonan Ebobane Mireille, disclosed that they produced a lot of syrups ranging from garlic and ginger to bitter kola. “That of bitter kola caught my attention because of its virtues ranging from regulating all sorts of stomach disorder, to treating cough and fighting fatigue. Though still on a small scale, Ngonan Ebobane Mireille disclosed that after the product was tasted, people loved it and confirmed its efficacy. My findings through sampling those that tested the product showed that 75 per cent liked and confirm its efficacy while 25 per cent disliked the sugar in it but disclosed that it is efficient. For this reason, she decided to produce bitter kola juice without natural sugar for diabetic patients and those allergic to sweet liquid. The bitter kola juice treats stomach disorder of all sorts and cough but it is taken in a larger quantity since it is not diluted like the syrup. A 0.5 litre of the syrup cost FCFA 3,000 while the bitter kola juice cost FCFA 2,000. “When we shall have enough means for the product to be known at home, we shall then think of the international markets since we are working towards protecting the product with OAPI,” Ngonan Ebobane Mireille said.