Zobo drink is another one of Nigeria’s popular drinks, you have absolutely nothing to lose but so much to gain for taking a chilled glass of zobo Nigerian drinks.

The health benefits are immeasurable, although this depends on the ingredient you used while preparing it. I would personally recommend just natural ingredients if you can find them; I use them when I can find them. Here we are going to do it just the way Mama Iyabo does it.

You may want to read the comment below before you actually try this zobo recipe, few persons experienced soured taste when they used lots of pineapple, they agreed that pineapple flavor is better than actual pineapples when it comes to making zobo drink.

And I agree.

Making Zobo
The plate above contains ground ginger in half cup of water, about 3 fingers of ginger would do (assuming the one in the picture is a finger). The other plate contains 5 cups of zobo, and then the joccy pinapple flavor by the side of the plate (use two sachets or equivalent), the bottle contains the usual pinapple flavor (you dont need it). This would be enough to make 3-4 litres of zobo juice drink.

By the end of this article you would have learned how to make zobo, the popular Nigerian tasty drink.

I never really liked zobo until I learned about its nutritional values, it is one of those drinks that are made with purely natural ingredient, just like the fruit juice, you wouldn’t require any artificial ingredients or coloring in most cases.

Zobo Juice Drink

I had a taste of this drink for the first time at Bori Camp Portharcourt, those days in secondary school; I visited a friend who happened to come from Yoruba – the best makers of the Nigerian zobo drink. I can’t tell much about the origin of this drink but I know that the Yorubas are the major producers. I think they even have zobo soup, :lol:

Hausa women also make tasty zobo, the Igbos are just beginning to learn about this wonderful drink

Here is how to make zobo in Nigeria, you will learn about all the ingredients used for making zobo and also why I prefer this above many other Nigerian drinks. With the quantity of ingredients below you will be able to make about
4-5 liters of zobo.

Preparation time: 30mins | Serving: 8 to 12 persons

You Will Need

5-6 cups of dried zobo leaves.
Ginger (2-3 fingers).
2 sachets of Joccy’s Pineapple flavor.
4-5 litres of water.

The standard zobo drink can be made with just three ingredients – the zobo leaves, choice of flavor and ginger but as you already know, the zobo have a somewhat sugary taste, most people chose to add few cubes of sugar or just used joccy’s pinapple flavour which already contains the needed quatity of sweetener.

There are several other flavors for making zobo, joccy’s pineapple flavor is just one of them; you will find them in any Nigerian market, especially those selling the zobo leaves.

How to Make Zobo

Hand-pick every unwanted substance from the zobo leaves and start cooking with about 4 liters of water. If you want to wash the zobo leaves before cooking, be careful so you don’t wash away the original nutrient, don’t soak before washing, just pour few liters of water, wash and transfer into the cooking pot.

Cook to boil before adding the ginger, you can chop them into tiny bit or grind with a kitchen blender the same way I did mine.

Cook for another ten to fifteen minutes before you taste the zobo, if it does taste alright then filter and refrigerate. That is how to make zobo, it’s easy right?

Zobo is one of the popular Nigerian drinks, it is easy to make and can be made in under 30 minutes. Serve chilled with your favorite snack.

Zobo as a drink have innumerable health benefits that I can’t even begin to mention. Ginger which is one of the ingredients for this popular drink is known to improve heart and sight conditions.


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After trying out this zobo recipe, I would love to read your comment below, thanks.

Comments

  1. mohammed  December 22, 2013

    Well, is good to have people like you coming up to educate people on simple basic diet they need to know. Your effort is very rewarding.

  2. Vera  January 16, 2014

    Thanks for the zobo recipe, I have read a lot of articles on how zobo is very good for our body, and for a long time I have been hoping to prepare this drink for my kids. Please can I get the leaves in super markets here in Abuja?

  3. The Nigerian Kitchen  January 16, 2014

    I buy mine from the local market. It is everywhere in Nigeria, just ask around whenever you visit a major market.

  4. Rachel  January 20, 2014

    This is very interesting pls cn we refrigerated d Zobo drink for 2 to 3days

  5. The Nigerian Kitchen  January 23, 2014

    Yeah, sure, you can refrigerate zobo for up to three days.

  6. Lorita  February 11, 2014

    Thanks very much

  7. Maureen  February 12, 2014

    Hello chy,i hv learnt a lot of tin I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ the nigerian kitchen.u re doin great.pls kept it up nd i will like u to highlight me O̶̷̩̥̊͡Ŋ how to prepare zobo drink.tnx

  8. Joy  February 15, 2014

    Hi Chi, nice article there. Have U tried adding garlic,samiya, and karampama seeds to zobo?. U can get these items from d same seller. The taste is awesome. The nutritional value is wonderful.

  9. Chy Anegbu  February 19, 2014

    Ok Joy, thanks for your comment and contribution. I am going to try that.

  10. chinyere  March 8, 2014

    Thank you very much.I have to cook it mysef.

  11. Rachel  March 24, 2014

    Thks u but I trying using just pineapple alone the taste was so soar nd clappy I dnt knw why it was like dt

  12. ayo  March 24, 2014

    Thanks chi for this wonderful article

  13. soibi brown  March 24, 2014

    That was a good one .I also add Garlic to my zobo drink

  14. Bilkis  March 26, 2014

    The zobo recipe is very perfect,U can add other spices such as kanafari,Masoro,but neva add garlic or samiya (tamarind) to it.

  15. Hajara  March 26, 2014

    No Vera. U wont get it in a supermkt. U’l get it in d local mak and its mostly sold by pple who sell grains like:rice,millet,corn,beans e.t.c. mostly sold by ths hausa.i even bought some earlier 2day an prepared it jus abt an hr ago. Good luck on ur search for zobo leaves.

  16. Chy Anegbu  March 26, 2014

    Rachel, sorry about that. Maybe you had the bad zobo leaves

  17. bunmi abi  March 27, 2014

    Tanx for the article, adding fresh pineapple without any preservative can it last three days in d refrigerator?

  18. Precious  March 28, 2014

    Tnx 4 d recipe pls I am a sweet tooth o,but I knw d fear of sugar is d beginning of wisdom so can I substitute wit honey

  19. Rukayat  April 2, 2014

    As Racheal had earlier said wen i used only ripe pineapple,d taste was soar bt adding d flavor gives u d real taste of d drink.

  20. Dorcas  April 11, 2014

    You website is really good

  21. Chy Anegbu  May 5, 2014

    Yes it should @ bunnmi

  22. funmexy  May 14, 2014

    thank you so much for the educating us on how to improve our life style with our local food.
    please what preservative can i add to my zobo drink to stop it from fermenting? i produce the drink on commercial scale. thank you

  23. Dowell Ben  June 18, 2014

    Am very excited for educating me on how to prepare Zobo drink.THANKS

  24. ose  July 4, 2014

    God bless u all in Jesus name Amen .pls don’t give up in oda to teach 9jia nowadays girls on how to care for their husbands.

  25. debby  July 16, 2014

    Pls why does zobo drink taste fermented when stayed long?

  26. abdulbaki Lordbee  July 19, 2014

    i gave zobo making a try and almost all my dudes and shodies keep asking for another glass. Twz xo good, tnx 4 d lesson.

  27. Oluwaseun  August 21, 2014

    I got the recipe here 2weeks ago for zobo, I made it perfectly and to crown it all,i still have it in my freezer,whenever I want to drink,i take it out, and it tastes fresh, I guess that’s the best way to preserve it

  28. Gbonjubola lamina  August 23, 2014

    Thanks so much for the recipe.lovely taste

  29. Taiwo  September 1, 2014

    Tnx so much 4 d recipe it is lovely

  30. iyke  October 19, 2014

    Just prepared zobo drink for the first time, chai my whole family is having fun….. Hope the sugary taste of the sweetner is not harmful to the body?

  31. Chy Anegbu  October 20, 2014

    It depends on how much sugar u used.

  32. Ngozi  November 18, 2014

    I prepare my zobo for commercial sales. My customers love it and they keep asking for more. Is a good biz when well prepared.

  33. nelly  December 24, 2014

    Thanks chy for sharing your knowledge with us, may God continue to enrich you with fresh anointing to do exploit in your profession
    Remain blessed! wishing u a blissful XMAS and prosperous NEW YEAR with all your good expectation in Jesus name. Amen!

  34. Lucky Itua Israel  January 16, 2015

    Good To B Educated Like This, Nd Also 2 U Guys, Ur Comments Are Encouraging

  35. Sandy  January 28, 2015

    Thanks for the knowledge shared, God will reward you. please how may times can you make use of the zobo leaves before you dispose them?

  36. Chy Anegbu  January 28, 2015

    I use it once, I think the highest you can go is twice.

  37. Viclin  January 31, 2015

    tanks nd god bless u for dis wonderful enlightenment

  38. Lizzy Azuka  February 16, 2015

    Dear Chi! I so much tank God who gave u d wisdom u brought out in zobo. Becos I and our family so much love zobo drink dan any other drink dat is y I can make it perfectly and hv it ready at any time in d house. My Gran Mum love it most bf she died, dat is y she used to call it white People drink.

  39. Lizzy Azuka  February 16, 2015

    Even I have eight bottles in d house now and use one and eat in school, very interesting. I do prepare and send to my Mum and her family.
    Dear Chi! Pls if U need help for prepareing it and suply to people, just send information tr dis my line, 08036957560.
    Tanx Rm Blessed

  40. unene  February 24, 2015

    thanks, u are a great teacher

  41. Abimbola  February 27, 2015

    Pls, For How Many Days Will Zobo Last Without Light?
    Pls Reply, It’s Urgent.
    Thanks Abunch.

  42. Chy Anegbu  February 27, 2015

    I think about 36 hours.

  43. Uc  March 16, 2015

    Is their any side effect of taking zobo drink that is not chilled and left for 3 to 4 days

  44. Safiya  March 25, 2015

    I love zobo drink too.. adding kanamfari gives it a great taste as well. thank you Aunty Chi you are really doing a great job here

  45. kris  March 25, 2015

    Why is the drink called a white man’s drink?

  46. KIRSTY  March 26, 2015

    l thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us.any one you send , i always do it practically to learn more.

  47. kemi  March 26, 2015

    Hello Chy,
    I was able to get the bottle flavor, can I use it instead of the sachet? And do I add it to the drink

  48. Chy Anegbu  March 27, 2015

    White man’s drink? havent heard of that; maybe white men love it :D

  49. Marilou  April 16, 2015

    I heard about the health benefits of zobo drink, I immediately cook it for the first time last night. I added cinnamon powder and honey. The taste is so good!

    Is there any other flavour you can recommend to add to Zobo aside from ginger?

    Thank you!

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