I’m not exactly a foodie, but I like a tasty meal or a delicious drink like the next person. In this case, one drink I absolutely love is the zobo drink. This drink is not just delicious, it’s also refreshing and healthy.
Zobo drink is one traditional drink you should have present in your home, refrigerated and ready to be taken after a hard day’s job or along with your favorite meal.
Here are a few things about this drink you should know:
Origin of the Zobo Drink
Zobo drink has its origin from West Africa and is made from dried Roselle (hibiscus) flowers. It generally goes by the name zobo, but is also known by a few other names in other countries. Here are some names you can expect to hear this drink called:
Mexico (Aguas Fercas)
Health Benefits of Zobo Drink
Zobo drink has been known to offer a wide array of health benefits to drinkers with it’s rich deposit of vitamin c, vitamin B-6, manganese, magnesium, thiamin, and riboflavin.
A research conducted by the Department of Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria and published in the African Journal of Pharmacy and Phytotherapy, found it effective in the management of the following diseases
- kidney problems
- certain infections
- and constipation
So, if you like this drink and would love to make it, here’s how you can:
- 1 Cup Dried Roselle (Hibiscus) Flower
- 1 Tablespoon Ginger (peeled)
- Several Large Chunks of Pineapple
- Sweetener (Low calorrie sugar, cane syrup, or any sweetener of your choice)
- 1 Slice Lemon or Cucumber (to garnish)
- Wash leaves and place in a medium-sized pot.
- Add in pineapple chunks and ginger.
- Top the pot with water and place on medium heat.
- Allow it boil for 30 minutes then take off heat. Stir in your sweetener while still hot.
- Let it cook for 30 minutes then sieve to get leaves out.
- Pour the resulting rich zobo drink into a glass and garnish with lemon or cucumber slices or pour into a jug or any storage container of your choice and refrigerate until needed.