Zobo Aka Zoborodo! What’s not to Love? Zobo is a tasty and popular Nigerian drink made from Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa).
Do you know that Zobo is highly medicinal?
Well, now you know. Some of the health benefits of sorrel include its ability to boost eyesight, strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, build strong bones, increase circulation, increase energy levels, help prevent cancer, reduce certain skin conditions, lower blood pressure, increase appetite, slow the ageing process, protect against diabetes, strengthen heart health, and improve kidney health.
To enjoy the health benefits of Zobo, you’ve got to retain its natural goodness as much as possible. The addition of artificial sweeteners may interfere with its natural nutrients. I always sweeten mine with natural fruits like Pineapples and Oranges. Pure Honey ia a good natural sweetener.
2 Cups Zobo Leaves
1 Very Ripe and Sweet Pineapple
2 Sweet Oranges
2 Inch Ginger Root
2 Garlic Cloves
1/4 Cup Pure Honey
2 Tablespoons Cloves (Konofuru/Konofiri)
Handful Mint Leaves (Optional)
1/2 Cup Honey ( Optional)
Peel and slice the Pineapple and set aside.
Run the Zobo leaves under a cold tap and rinse until you’ve gotten rid of the dirt. You’ll need to do this a few times as the leaves do carry an awful lot of sand and dirt. You’ll notice the colour/juice seeping while you’re rinsing it but relax, there’s plenty more where that came from.
Pour the Zobo leaves into a big pot, add water , you’ll need 2-3 litres, depending on your desired consistency.
Place the pot on low to medium heat, squeeze in the oranges, you may choose to toss some of the rinds as well if you prefer your Zobo citrusy…
You’ll notice the lemon rind in the photo. The lemon did make my Zobo a bit sour, I had to remove the rind shortly after. If you’ll be adding artificial sweeteners to your Zobo, then you can add lemon to the recipe, if not, skip this please.
Thinly chop the Garlic and Ginger, then add….
Add the cloves, this is what it looks like before and after, I tossed them in a dry mill to grind before adding…
Now, add the Mint Leaves and allow this simmer for 30 minutes on low to medium heat.
Tip: For intense flavour, leave to steep for a few hours before serving. I left mine refrigerated overnight…
Strain the Zobo with a fine sieve or paper towel, wring the leaves to squeeze out as much juice as you can. Dilute with more water if you find it too thick….
If you prefer your it sweetened, add the Honey, stir and combine…
You can also sweeten with sugar or other artificial sweeteners though this may affect the medicinal value.
Serve ice cold…..