Zobo Drink: How to make Zobo (Zoborodo)

Zobo Drink: How to make Zobo (Zoborodo)

Zobo Drink: How to make Zobo (Zoborodo)

Zobo or Zoborodo is a healthy Nigerian drink made from the dried red calyces and sepals of the Roselle plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa), known as Zobo leaves in Nigeria.

Zobo is usually served as a chilled refreshing drink, but can also be enjoyed as a relaxing hot tea and the leaves can also be used in production of jams/jelly, food coloring, syrups and soups/sauces.

It is loaded with lots of health benefits. 

According to several scientific investigations, the consumption of Zobo leaves, whether in form of tea, jams, or sauces is said to help reduce high blood pressure, aid digestion, promote the health of the urinary tract and also great for overall body health.

Here's how to make a refreshing Zobo drink:

Ingredients for Zobo drink
Makes about 5+ (150ml) glass cups


- 1 cup Zobo leaves
- Half of a small Pineapple

- Pineapple peels (the skin of the pineapple you're using)
- 5 to 6 cups of Water
- 1 teaspoonful Cloves (optional)
- 1 tablespoonful Ginger (Grated or chopped Ginger) (optional)
- Sugar or Honey or any sweetener of choice (to taste) (optional)

Notes: you can also add:
        Peels of 1 orange/lemon,
        OR 1 apple,
        OR 1 teaspoon alligator pepper,
        Or garlic or cinnamon while boiling the zobo leaves.
    Depending on the amount of pineapple you're using, you might not need any sweetener.
   In the absence of fresh pineapple, canned ones or pineapple flavor can also be used.
   If you want a lighter consistency, you can make use of more water.


Preparation:

1. Rinse the Zobo leaves in sufficient water and set aside.
 Wash the unpeeled pineapple thoroughly,peel of the skin and cut into chunks, but don't throw away the skin, because you'll be making use of it too.

2.  Now, place the washed zobo leaves into a clean pot, add the water, the pineapple chunks and skin, the grated ginger, cloves(if using) and any other ingredients you'll like to add.
  Cover the pot and let the Zobo leaves boil on medium heat for 35 minutes.
  Turn of the heat and leave the pot covered, so that the ingredients can steep a little longer in the hot water and also cool down completely.

3. When the drink cools down,  pour the Zobo leaves and all the contents of the pot through a sieve and into a clean container.
 

4. If you want to, you can add sugar, honey or any sweetener of choice to the strained Zobo drink.
 You can drink it right away, topped up with some iced cubes OR
 If you'll rather store it for later, pour into an airtight container and chill in the fridge.
 Zobo drink keeps for up to a week or more in the fridge.

Zobo drink can be served with Nigerian Meat pie, Buns, Puff puff and any other snack or meal of choice.

Zobo Drink: How to make Zobo (Zoborodo)

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40 comments:

  1. I need a sip of that chilled Zobo, looks really good. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Hun, it's all yours :)

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  2. Anonymous10:50:00 AM

    I've made this drink before but never added the pineapple and its skin.I'm gonna try this recipe out tonight. Thanks Nky

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    1. Oh dear, see what you're missing. You'll really love it with pineapples, no need to add sugar.
      Do let me know how it turns out :)

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    2. katimani2:04:00 PM

      Dats true pineaple makes it nice but try kucumber also boil together its just perfect

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    3. katimani2:08:00 PM

      Yea dats true pineaple makes it nice but try addin kucumber while boiling it,its so awesome

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    1. I was told that ''Zoborodo'' is the full name, it's actually what we call it during my school days in Naija.

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  4. Ummu Ashraf12:04:00 PM

    Ure so sweet..tnx darl

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  5. Thanks a lot , please can the chunks be blend, sieve and added to the already cooked zobo than cooking them together

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    1. Yes you can add it that way too, but it doesn't keep for long using that method because the pineapple is fresh, but it will turn out delicious too.

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  6. Thanks for posting, i used to sell when i was in school back home, can i get the leaves here in Canada please do you know.
    Thanks.

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    1. Hi Alimat, you can get it at the stores as Roselle calyces or Hibiscus sepals or Flor de Jamaica. Check latin American store too.

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  7. Anonymous8:00:00 PM

    I AM WORKING ON ONLINE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN MARKET AND WILL LIKE US TO COLLABORATE

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    1. Ok.
      Send me an email at Nigerianfoodtv@gmail.com .

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  8. Anonymous10:23:00 AM

    It is also called Egyptian Sorrell and most stores do carry it in America

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  9. Anonymous1:07:00 AM

    Wow! I'l try to prepare this. Thanks aunty Nk for the recipes, for always encouraging me and many others..... Thanks for uploading those pictures on fb :). I really appreciate. May you continue to prosper in all you do.... Amen! Nj :)

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    1. You're always welcome hun , God bless you too :)

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  10. Anonymous11:25:00 PM

    Can I get recipe for kunun

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    1. sure, recipe coming in next post.

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  11. Anonymous12:54:00 AM

    Thks 4ur info nk..i really appreciate,can i get info for soya drink

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    1. You're welcome.
      Soya milk recipe coming soon

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  12. Anonymous5:27:00 PM

    Please,if not freezed can it get spoilt?and if yes....how long will it stay before spoiling?Thanks

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  13. Anonymous5:29:00 PM

    Please if not freezed can it get spoilt? And if yes..... how long can it stay before spoiling.thanks

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  14. Anonymous5:32:00 PM

    Pls if not freezed can it get spoilt? And if yes .....how long can it stay before spoiling.thanks

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    1. Yes. I think 24 hrs and after that it will start to ferment.

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  15. Thanks for dis info. Weldone.

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  16. please aunty Nky when u say cloves do you mean garlic?

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    1. No Chioma,cloves is not the same as garlic.

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  17. Can one drink zobo that is already fermented. Does it pose any threat to the body.

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  18. am on track but where can I get cinnamon in Nigeria.

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    1. Anywhere food spices are sold.

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  19. Anonymous6:24:00 PM

    Does it affect the body when taken hot but I take it cold just in case there is change in situation

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    1. No it doesnt affect the body negatively.

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  20. Jessie darling6:26:00 PM

    Does zobo affect the body when taken hot but I take it cold just in case there is change in situation

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