How To Make Zobo Drink

Zobo is a HERBAL drink made with roselle (zobo), scent leaf and ginger.

IT is red and spicy. It has become a common drink in most homes in Nigeria. In recent times it has been commercialised because of its touted medicinal potentials.

Nigerian researchers have confirmed that the popular Zobo herbal drink, prepared with roselle (fresh calyx of Hibiscus sabdariffa as main ingredient), scent leaf (Ocimum gratissimum) and ginger (Zingiber officinarium) could be effectively used to treat diarrhoea and pneumonia.

Hibiscus sabdariffa(Zobo) is commonly called Roselle in English. It belongs to the family (Malvaceae). The vegetable is widely grown and commonly used as port herb or soup in the northern part of Nigeria. In Hausa the plant is locally called Yakuwa, the seed Isontea while the fresh calyx is referred to as Soboroto. The Yoruba call the leaves Amukan and the flowers Ishapa. However, it is commonly called zobo in Nigeria.
Scent leaf as it is commonly called, (Ocimum gratissimum) belongs to the plant family (Lamiaceae). It is known as Efinrin ajase in Yoruba, Ebavbokho in Bini, Aai doya ta gida in Hausa, Nchuanwu in Igbo. The leaves are used locally for soup. It is also used to treat cases of stomach upset and diarrhea.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is of plant family Zingiberaceae. Local Names: Efik/Ibibio - jinja; Igbo - jinja; Yoruba - aje, orin, or atale. The rhizome is used to toothache, congested nostrils, cough, colds, influenza and flu, asthma, stomach problems, rheumatism, piles, hepatitis and liver problems.

i. Zobo leaf
ii. Scent leaf
iii. Ginger
iv. Pineapple or strawberry vanilla
v. Sugar

Preparation (very easy)
i. Pour a bowlful of Zobo leaf into a clean pot
ii. Add 10 cups of water.
iii. Add some scent leaves
iv. Grind a little quantity of fresh ginger and add to the mixture
v. Boil till black-red in colour
vi. Use a colander or seive to extract the juice from the zobo leaf
vii. Add vanilla (or any prefarred flavour of your choice)
viii.Add sugar
ix. Store in fridge


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