Pineapple is a major ingredient that adds a special flavor to the Zobo drink.
Nigerians commonly call this local drink Zobo.
However, the zobo drink is known as hibiscus tea, karkade or sour tea.
This drink is a common drink among many Nigerians.
I don’t think I know any Nigerian who doesn’t love this beverage called Zobo.
Many foreigners have become Zobo drink lovers anytime they are opportune to visit Nigeria.
THE ZOBO DRINK
We make this drink from dried hibiscus petals also known as Roselle plant. The scientific name of this plant is called Hibiscus Sabdariffa.
In addition, the herb from the red calyces is what we use in preparing our zobo drink.
They can serve this drink in the comfort of your home and also as a refreshment at parties.
Additionally, there are many health benefits to this local drink. Asides it being tasty, satisfying and affordable, it is of a major benefit to our health.
The hibiscus plant is very medicinal. The pineapple fruit serves as a major ingredient and also adds to the health benefit of this drink.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ZOBO DRINK
Zobo is not only refreshing to our taste buds, but also used for various purposes in our bodies.
This drink is usually served chilled and is loaded with lots of health benefits.
Additionally, the flowers, stem, leaves, and we used even the seeds for many traditional medicines.
The benefits of zobo drink include;
- It helps in the brain development of children.
- The zobo drink aids in easy digestion.
- It is an anti-aging drink.
- Increases immunity in the body.
- Detoxifies the body.
- Reduces high blood pressure.
- Smoothens the skin and reduces wrinkles and pimples.
- It is an anti-bacterial drink.
- Aids in weight loss.
- It also gets rid of cough, sore throat, and mouth ulcer.
- Prevents inflammation of the kidney.
HOW TO MAKE NIGERIAN ZOBO
Nigerian zobo is very easy to make so far you use the right ingredients in preparing it.
- Zobo leaves
- 1 big whole pineapple
- Fresh ginger
- Any citrus fruit (orange, lime or lemon) depending on your choice.
STEPS ON PREPARATIONS
1. Rinse the zobo leaves thoroughly with ordinary water, as the leaves are usually very dusty.
2. After peeling the pineapple, cut into slices and put in together with the leaves and boil at medium heat for 5 minutes.
3. Add the blended ginger and let it boil for 30 minutes.
3. After which, let it cool down.
4. Then sieve the juice out of the pineapple slices and zobo leaves.
5. Using a chiffon cloth, sieve again to remove tiny particles that escaped from the first sieving.
6. I prefer to drink my zobo as natural as possible but you may add artificial flavors and sweeteners as you please.
7. This is usually best enjoyed when chilled. Pour into bottles and refrigerate or serve with ice block.
I believed you’ve learned one or two things you never knew on pineapples and the zobo drink.
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