Zobo (Zogbo or Zogborodo as we used to call it in the days) is a popular drink in Nigeria and is made with the leaves or flowers of the hibiscus plant. Apart from making the drink, the leaves are also used in making jams, syrups, sauces and spices. Some people are sceptical about the zobo leaves and its health benefits or concerns, however there is no known side effect when they are consumed in food amounts (read here). I believe we are okay with the quantity being consumed, but i will also advise it should be given to children above one year of age. Do check with your doctor or health professional if in doubt.
Pineapple is widely used in preparing this drink by cutting whole pineapples, then boiling in water with the zobo leaves and other ingredients. Mummy’s Yum Zobo Drink is made with pineapple juice rather than whole pineapple, and this is my cheat method which is far easier. If you’ve got 100% pure pineapple juice, then your zobo making process is reduced, as well as what you are going to throw away)
Zobo drink is quite refreshing especially when chilled, and kids will love to drink it either alone, with a snack or food. It is one homemade drink that i will recommend putting in the lunchbox during hot weathers. So, what’s going to stop you from making this easy peasy zobo drink.
Mummy’s Yum Zobo Drink Recipe
- 2 cups zobo leaves
- 3 cups pineapple juice
- 2 cups water
- About 2inch stub ginger
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Rinse zobo leaves quickly in cold water to remove any sand or debris. Put leaves in a pot, grate and add the ginger.
- Pour in 2 cups water and 1 cup pineapple juice, then bring to a boil for about 15 minutes.
- Bring down and add the remaining cups of juice and sugar. Stir and leave to cool if still hot.
- Scoop out the leaves to drain in a sieve. Using a chiffon cloth tied over a funnel to catch the pulp, drain the drink into a clean container. Use the zobo pulp to make other things like the Banazobs lollies.
- Pour in bottles and chill before serving.
What will you give your child to take with this zobo drink? Let’s hear you in the comment box below.