19 April 2022
Watch: The Economic Botany Collection – Cinchona
Dive into Kew’s collection of plant-based medicines to find a treatment for malaria that’s also the key flavour in tonic water…
In amongst the Economic Botany Collection at Kew, there are around 25,000 specimens of plant-based medicines.
One of these is particularly unique: quinine.
A treatment for malaria and key flavour in tonic water, quinine comes from the bark of the cinchona tree.
Discover this unusual artefact preserved in our collections.