How To Make Nutritious Nigerian Zobo Drink By Deborah Bala

Zobo drink recipe


Nigerian zobo drink.

Zoborodo!  zobo for short is a drink made from dried flowers, it's known as sobolo in Ghana sorrel in Caribbean bis app in Central Africa, rosella in Australia .  Zobo drink is  very nutritious and medicinal.


Ingredients for zobo drink:

 Back of pineapple optional
 Back of orange optional , ginger,
 garlic
 pepper soup spices
 pepper
 honey ( please don't use sugar let's eat and drink healthy) cucumber. 

How to:


  1. Wash the zobo leaves thoroughly with clean water to remove dirt 
  2. wash the pineapple also and cut into small chunks. Get a clean pot, put the zobo leaves, back of pineapple, back of orange, ginger, garlic, local spices (images below) and water and allow to boil. Once it starts boiling, wait for about 10 minutes for it to boil very well.
  3.  Blend the pineapple with little pepper, and the black round spice (African nutmeg. 
  4. pour the paste into the pot. Cover and leave for 10 minutes or more to cool. Sieve with a fine sieve or cheese cloth
  5.  Add the diced cucumber and honey and store in the fridge for use when you want. Zobo drink is best served chilled.

Zobo leaves

Ginger for zobo

Orange peels for zobo

Pineapple peels for zobo drink

Peppersoup spices for zobo

Pineapple and one pepper for zobo

Blended pineapple, pepper, spices for zobo

Boiled zobo waiting to be filtered

Adding blended pineapple and spices to sweeten zobo drink

Watermelon to be added to zobo drink

Filtered Tasty and nutritious zobo drink

Ice cubes in zobo drink
Enjoy drinking healthy!


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Comments

  1. OK na...pepper soup spice and pepper? I will try this some day. Nice one...

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  2. Anonymous09:19

    Aunt debbie,Tanx for sharing but hope its not too hot as per ginger+pepper+pepper soup spice..

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  3. Anonymous09:31

    I've bin looking for a way to make dis zobo n I just got my ansa now, thanks Debbie

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  4. Anonymous09:32

    Bookmarked. Michgirl

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  5. Pepper soup spice inside Zobo? I've lived in the North since I was born and this is my first time of hearing it!
    Zobo cures High BP, it's good for bringing down cholestorol level and insomnia as well. It has similar medicinal properties as moringa.
    I prefer mine really simple with d pineapples and all. I don't add garlic and even ginger is very little. Then vanilla flavour gives it a little scent.

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    1. Chika.18:31

      Please Cherrie-Jo I heard the white leaf Zobo has more medicinal properties than the red one and brings down sugar level. Please how true is this?

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  6. Hmmm, Deborah you really doing a great job, especially for all the hausa recipe!

    Double thumbs for you!


    Keep it up...

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  7. Thanks, its just one piece of pepper and little pepper soup spice! So it doesn't even come out as pepperish! Just the flavour, this is how I have seen my granny make it! And its really nice.

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  8. I think the name of the black seed is-TAMAI.
    please correct me if am wrong.btw Good job Debs.

    http://warmhearts13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. Anonymous11:27

    Hahahaha...my zobo business just got a lift....thanks a whole lot Debbie..

    BeBe

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  10. Debbie, I found the couscous at Shoprite. It's so easy to prepare and it's healthy! 4 minutes and you're done! Thanks. I trust this Zobo cos I trust your kitchen skills. You're a chef like that! :-)

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    1. Oh my Jay u won't bliv it! I just finished making cous cous Irained in kd and I slept so the fastest food to make was couscous! About sending to Anty now! Thanks for d confidence

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  11. Will try dis Zobo style.

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  12. Thanks Debbie...#smiles.

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  13. Anonymous12:36

    Can also use lemon grass and fresh mint,delish!

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  14. Lizzy12:58

    Well done Debbie and thank you for this. I should find time to make this soon.
    Where can I find Zobo leaves? The main ingridient is what I have no idea of where to get it.

    For those that do not like pepper, pepper soup spice or any other things added to this drink plz take out whatever you do not like when making yours.

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    1. What's your location? If it is in abuja just ask the market seller, in lagos go to iddo or agege if its in another part of the country I can buy and send it via bus.

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    2. Jazmyn15:48

      Lizzy lives in the UK am sure of that. Anyway I hope new baby will give her time to come reply herself but am very sure she is not in Nigeria.

      Great job Deborah. I will try mine tmw.

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    3. Anonymous19:30

      Zobo in English is Hibiscus any health food store should have the dried leaves int eh UK check Tescos as well they usually have a variety of stuff

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    4. Lizzy20:44

      Yes Jazmyn I live in d Uk.
      Thx Debbie for trying to help. Yipee Anon 7.30pm tnk you I'll check holland & barrats or tescos.

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  15. madam tope13:09

    Nice,i love zobo but i heard it isnt gud 4 pregnancy. I googled it and some sites confirmed it.ps how true is this?

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    1. Anonymous15:50

      Not true jor. Just make sure there is food in your stomach before taking zobo. Don't drink on an empty stomach o.

      Hmmmm. Madam Tope. Oga Tope has been with us tay tay where were you now? Welcome o.

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    2. Madam Tope,u r nt alone. I also hrd&read dt its nt good durin pregnancy

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  16. I heard and read that zobo isn't good for pregnant women so I stopd takin it when I got pregnant. I started taking homemade Kunu instead bin made by my in-law. She has gone bk to d north&d 1 she made 4 me is finished.Pls,does any1 here know how its done? If u do pls kindly share in details&pictorials too. Tnk u

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    1. Princess am just hearing this ooo! It maybe true, but I try not to dwell on that! For the kunu we have diff types! I can make it but find it a bit stressful the sieving part! Not promising but will try to make it before the month runs out!

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    2. So I hrd;dt d seiving involved in kunu no b here. Lol... So dey r diff types?? Wat r d diff types pls?...Ok dear I'd really appreciate it.

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  17. Thanks for the comments sorry I can't reply individually.t

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  18. at princess wel don't knw whr u get it bt zobo drink washes ol d dirt on a baby esp at ur last trimester. Takin it witout sugar for preg. woman is d best.

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  19. zobo addict15:45

    This zobo looks correct! Abeg, chop knuckle Debbs. I took zobo thru out my pregnancy and I had no issues. As a kpako babe, I just cannot do without my zobo. Never heard anything bad about it as far as pregnancy is concerned!

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  20. Anonymous15:51

    Thanks Deborah. Ill try making without the water melon, hope it will still taste good?

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    1. Then you should add honey! Since u won't add the fruits to sweeten it.

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  21. savvy mom15:53

    Zobo leaf sellers have some kind sachet sweeteners with all fruit flavours that they sell too. Is it ok to add those sachet flavours too?

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    1. Hope its not saccharine(hope I got the spelling right) they are selling, saccharine isn't good at all. Pls just use natural fruits pineapple, watermelon.

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  22. Anonymous15:55

    Pls debbie, at what point do I add the blended pineapple? B4 or after filtering? Thank you

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  23. Anonymous15:56

    Pls debbie, at what point do I add the blended pineapple? B4 or after filtering? Thank you

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    1. Before filtering, add it and close the pot for more than 15mins so the juice comes out.

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  24. Zobo is so nutritious I love it but ve never had time to make it, d red compoud (anthocyanin) which constitutes d colour is very medicinal, its same compound in red apples and red wine just d alc. Its gud for d heart, reduces cholesterol, diabetis,gallstone, constipation and detoxification of ur body sys exp liver.. Debby thank u for the receipe.

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  25. Debby, you have done well I must say. I will make zobo drink soon with your recipe except for the Peper soup spices.
    @pink berry thanks for the medical view of anthocyanin

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  26. Well done Debbie.
    I once read that the flowers for making zobo are actually hibiscus flowers. So if you've got hibiscus plant around you, zobo is it for you!

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    1. Anonymous19:32

      You are very right Zobo is Hibiscus. Deborah please be giving English names for your non Nigerian readers to relate to wherever possible. Thanks hun

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    2. Its dried hibiscus not fresh 1 o

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  27. Anonymous15:30

    Debby please how long do you boil dis zobo before it is ready? My aunt cooks her own almost all night ooo.I just tire for dt kind one hahahhahhhaa

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  28. Adodo Joy22:03

    Zobo is also good for weight loss. add garlic,ginger,sliced lime oranges and boil.take it 3x a day before each meal. i just had a glass before going to bed. tnk u

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  29. Anonymous21:11

    Pls debby, i want to go into zobo business, how can I preserve it in sealed pet bottles.

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  30. Anonymous21:25

    This is delicious, it is good for every body and when taken always before each meal it washes all diety in the blood, heart,e t c.

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  31. Anonymous08:53

    Nice job debby! Greater heights. Hw can d zobo drink be preserved?

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  32. Anonymous11:08

    Nice one Debbie.

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  33. Anonymous11:09

    Nice one Debbie. Kip it up

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