|Dried hibiscus leaves (zobo leaves)||2 cups|
|Pineapple bark||Peels/rind from 1 ripe pineapple|
|Sugar||1 cup or as desired|
Zobo is a Nigerian drink which is more popular in the northern parts of the country with the Hausa. However, the drink has become very popular all over the country and it is rare to meet a Nigerian who does not know of zobo.
This drink is not unique to Nigeria though and is known over the world by different names. It is known in the french speaking parts of west Africa as jus de bissap, and particularly popular in the Caribbean Islands as Sorrel.
This is more like a tea, and it has several health benefits. It is known to help lower blood pressure and help reduce high cholesterol.
If you are not able to find a store or market to buy the leaves from, you should be able to order some from Amazon.
This is a simple drink to make. See the steps below.
Prep Steps 🙁
- The very first thing you want to do, is make sure to rinse the leaves thoroughly with cold water as the leaves are usually dusty. You will see it lose some color as you run it under the tap water, but do not worry about it.
- Next, wash your pineapple thoroughly and cut off the peel/rind. Guess what? You have a whole pineapple you can eat as well 🙂
- You can use already ground ginger and use 1 exact tbsp, or peel ginger that is about 1 tbsp. The ginger does not need to be exact.
Making the zobo!
- Add in the zobo leaves, pineapple rind/peel and ginger. Add 10 cups of water and boil for 30 mins on medium heat.
- After about 30 mins, you should see all the leaves and rind swollen and sunk to the bottom of the pot, and you should have a deep red juicy drink ready. The pineapple rind is added primarily for flavor.
- Sieve out the leaves and rind by running it through a sieve. The process of pouring also removes steam from the drink and helps it cool down faster.
- Pour your zobo into a container and let it chill in the fridge. For added flavor, you can add in pineapple chunks. Beware, zobo needs a lot of sugar before it tastes sweet and has a sharp taste otherwise. The pineapple rind and the ginger help to tone this down a bit. I recommend about 1 cup of sugar to this quantity of zobo for it to be sweet, which is a LOT, but is less than the ratio found in a can of coke!
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