Zobo Nigerian Drink
The 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; instead of synthesized pineapple flavor you can go ahead and use real pineapples.
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 value, 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.
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,
Hausa women also makes tasty zobo, the people of Igbo 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 drinks. With the quantity of ingredients below you will be able to make about five liters of zobo.
Preparation time: 30mins | Serving: 8 to 12 persons
You Will Need
Zobo Leaves (medium bowl full).
Ginger (4 to 5 medium sizes).
Sweet Pineapples (medium size) or (foster Clark’s Pineapple flavor).
Sweetener or sugar to taste (optional).
The standard zobo drink can be made with just three ingredients – the zobo leaves, pineapples and ginger but as you already know, the zobo have a somewhat sugary taste, most people chose to add few cubes of sugar if they can’t get enough pineapples.
But if you have enough of sweet pineapples (1 big pineapple is enough), go ahead and avoid any extra sweetener or sugar, this is exactly how I like it
The foster Clark’s pineapple flavor is a synthesized pineapple flavor, if you decide to use it then you would need to avoid any other form of sugar or sweetener, it would add the needed sweetness because it already contained sugar.
There are several other flavors for making zobo, foster Clark’s pineapple flavor is just one of them; you will find them in any Nigerian market, .
How to Make Zobo
Hand-pick every unwanted substance from the zobo leaves and then proceed to wash and start cooking with about 5 liters of water. But 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 for about ten minutes before you add the ginger, you can chop them into tiny bit or grind with a kitchen blender. Do the same to the pineapples, what you need is just the pineapple juice, you can squeeze out the juice or slice the pineapple to tiny bits and also add to the cooking pot.
If you don’t have enough sweet pineapples you can add few cubes of sugar but if you don’t have pineapples at all, you can buy foster Clark’s pineapple flavor and use few drop, it already contained sugar.
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, its 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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