Jamaican Bissy (Kola Nut)
Jamaican Bissy (Kola Nut)

Jamaican Bissy (Kola Nut)

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Jamaican Bissy (Kola Nut)
Pouch Sizes
Small: 3x4 pouch
approximate serving size : 12 to 15 servings
Large: 5x7 pouch
approximate serving size :  80 - 84 servings


  • combat belly aches, colic, nausea, vomiting, indigestion and upset stomach
  • used to “calm the nerves”
  • reduce fatigue and hunger as the caffeine present serves as an anti-depressant and stimulant to the body
  • reduce menstrual cramps
  • remedy illnesses such as jaundice, gout, diabetes and rheumatism

Jamaican bissy, otherwise known as Cola/kola nut or bizzy nut, is the seed pod that grows on the relatively small kola nut tree.  The Jamaican bissy is highly valued on the island for its believed medicinal properties. The nut contains a small percentage of caffeine among other chemicals such as starch, glucose, sucrose and bromine. The bissy tree has origins on the African continent and many of its uses in Jamaica were adopted from West African cultures.

Using Jamaican Bissy

The benefits of Jamaican bissy are generally harvested by using the nut to make a Jamaican style Bissy tea. The nut is washed then grated and allowed to boil in a clean container for a few minutes. The tea is then sweetened using honey or sugar; there are some, mainly the young, who even enjoy their bissy with sweetened condensed milk.


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