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.
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.
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 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.