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Zobo Drink: How To Prepare, Ingredients and Benefits

Have you been thinking of what Zobo drink is, the benefits, and the process? Zobo Drink, also called Hibiscus Drink, is a refreshing drink that can be taken anywhere and anytime. Process of Zobo making, different benefits of Zobo and its ingredients, and a lot more you need to know is what this article talks about.

Zobo can be served on different occasions like birthdays, naming, and a lot more you can think of. Zobo Drink gives this relaxing moment when you take it and you know this trend “Cold zobo to refresh and relax your nerves.” It is very nutritious, cleanses the body system, and eases constipation.

Zobo Drink is also sold in every part of Lagos, it is a very easy business to start.

Zobo Drink Health Benefits

Some of the beneficial factors of Zobo leaves include:

1. Reduces High Blood Pressure

One of those medical beverages that lowers hypertension and high blood pressure is zobo drink, which does so by removing fluid and allowing the blood vessels to relax. It eases tense feelings. People with heart disease, hypertension, and similar conditions can benefit from it.

2. Aids Weight Loss

Another advantage is weight loss, which lessens or eliminates the body’s fatty tissue development. It messes with fat! You want to reduce weight? Take Zobo Drink (See below, how to make Zobo drink for weight loss)

3. Boost Fertility

For ladies, Zobo Drink helps regulate the menstrual cycle and lessens menstrual cramps, while for males, it enhances and increases sperm count.

4. Enriched In Vitamin C

The primary ingredient of zobo, hibiscus flowers, are an important source of vitamin C. Our well-being is dependent on vitamin C.

Zobo Leaves

Zobo leaf, scientifically known as Hibiscus sabdariffa, is a member of the Roselle Plant flower family and is sometimes referred to as Hibiscus leaf. In Hausa, “Yakwan Zobo” refers to dried roselle or sorrel leaves, also known as zobo leaf. The leaf has a dark-red colour. Below is a picture of what Zobo leaves look like;

Zobo Leaves

Where To Buy Zobo Leaves

There are different markets where you can purchase Zobo leaves in Lagos.

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MarketsLocation
Mile 12 International MarketKetu/Mile 12
Oyingbo MarketOyingbo, Yaba
Oke Odo Market Alimosho
Iddo MarketEbute meta
Where to buy zobo leaves

Zobo Ingredients 

There are different ingredients for Zobo Drink which would be based on your choice of preference.

The regular ingredients include;

  • Zobo Leaves (Hibiscus leaf)
  • Ginger
  • Cloves, Cinnamon Sticks
  • Pineapple Peel
  • Pineapple juice
  • Flavours
  • Fruits (Watermelon, orange, banana, etc.) – to garnish or blend together
  • Dates/Sugar

Zobo Preparations

There are various ways to make your zobo drink. Below are some step-by-step procedures;

The Ingredients for this; Zobo Leaves. Ginger, Cloves, flavours/Sugar

  1. Rinse your zobo leaves first, then add your Zobo leaves in a pot, add your cloves, and ginger(it can be blended  for better taste), then add water based on your ingredients
  2. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes, then remove and allow the boiled Zobo to cool
  3. Then Sieve with a sieve or cheesecloth called “Aso-Ogi” in a clean container to extract the leaves from the juice
  4. Then add flavours or sugar to the extracted juice
  5. Chill the Zobo drink, then serve cold.

You can also add cinnamon sticks(based on your choice)

You can use dates in place of flavour and sugar(based on your choice)

How To Make Zobo Drink With Watermelon 

The Ingredients for this; Zobo Leaves. Ginger, Cloves, Watermelon

  1. Rinse your zobo leaves first, then add your Zobo leaves in a pot, add your cloves, and ginger(it  can be blended  for better taste), then add water based on your ingredients
  2. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes on low heat, then remove and allow the boiled Zobo to cool
  3. Then Sieve with a sieve or cheesecloth called “Aso-Ogi” in a clean container to extract the leaves from the juice
  4. Then blend your watermelon separately and put it in a container, extract the shafts from the juice, and then mix with the zobo juice
  5. Chill the zobo drink with watermelon, then serve cold.

You can also add cinnamon sticks(based on your choice)

If the taste is not so good, you can add sweetener/dates.

Some might not blend the watermelon, instead just slice in the zobo drink to garnish it.

How To Make Zobo Drink With Pineapple

The Ingredients for this; Zobo Leaves. Ginger, Cloves, Pineapple (peel and juice)

  1. Add your Zobo leaves in a pot, add your cloves, pineapple peel, and ginger(it can be blended  for better taste), then add water based on your ingredients
  2. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes on low heat, then remove and allow the boiled Zobo to cool
  3. Then Sieve with a sieve or cheesecloth called “Aso-Ogi” in a clean container to extract the leaves from the juice
  4. Then blend your pineapple separately and put it in a container, extract the shafts from the juice, and  then mix with the zobo juice
  5. Chill the zobo drink with pineapple, then serve cold.
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You can also add cinnamon sticks(based on your choice)

If the taste is not so good, you can add sweetener/dates.

Some might not blend the pineapple, instead just slice in the zobo drink to garnish it.

How To Make Zobo With Banana 

The Ingredients for this; Zobo Leaves. Ginger, Cloves, Banana

  1. Rinse your zobo leaves first, then add your Zobo leaves in a pot, add your cloves, pineapple peel, and ginger(it can be blended  for better taste), then add water based on your ingredients
  2. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes on low heat, then remove and allow the boiled Zobo to cool
  3. Then Sieve with a sieve or cheesecloth called “Aso-Ogi” in a clean container to extract the leaves from the juice
  4. Then blend your banana separately and put it in a container, extract the shafts from the juice, and then mix with the zobo juice
  5. Chill the zobo drink with banana, then serve cold.

You can also add cinnamon sticks(based on your choice)

If the taste is not so good, you can add sweetener/dates.

NOTE: Most people use dates when blending fruits with their Zobo Drink.

How To Prepare Zobo Drink For Weight Loss

The Ingredients for this; Zobo Leaves. Ginger, Cloves, pineapple, orange, cinnamon stick, mint leaves and cucumber

  1. Rinse your zobo leaves first, then add your Zobo leaves in a pot, add your cloves, sliced pineapple peel, sliced orange with the peel, mint leaves, and cucumber, then add water based on your ingredients.
  2. Allow it to cook for 15 minutes on low heat, then remove and allow the boiled Zobo to cool.
  3. Then Sieve with a sieve or cheesecloth called “Aso-Ogi” in a clean container to extract the leaves from the juice.
  4. Then blend your sliced pineapple and sliced ginger separately and put it in a container, extract the shafts from the juice, and then mix with the zobo juice.
  5. Chill the Zobo drink, then serve cold.

How To Make Zobo Drink In Large Quantity

Large quantities of zobo drink preparation require thorough preparation and coordination. It depends on the ingredient’s quantity and the occasion for which it is intended.

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Any of the previously mentioned methods can be used to prepare Large quantities of Zobo Drink. To contain all the ingredients, it should be prepared in a larger pot and sieved into a larger bowl.

How To Package Zobo Drink For Sale

To package the Zobo drink for sale after making the Zobo drink, you would need the following materials:

  • Choose the Right Bottles (there are different sizes but the size would be determined by you)
  • Labelling: Use a sticker to brand the bottle (designed with your business name)
  • Use a heat gun and sealing nylon to seal the drink in a pack
  • Use branded nylon for delivery 
  • Storage Requirements: Store the packaged zobo drink in a cool and dry place 

Best Flavour For Zobo Drink

The ideal zobo drink flavour is a matter of taste and personal preference. To me, pineapple-flavoured Zobo drinks are the greatest. Without even adding the customary sugar or dates, it gives the zobo a delicious taste. Since that’s my viewpoint, please let me know if you have tried any other flavours in the comments. (What is your best flavour?)

Side Effects Of Drinking Zobo On An Empty Stomach

Depending on the individual, drinking Zobo drink on an empty stomach may result in a variety of negative effects:

  1. It can cause stomach upset which some see as a means to cleanse their system.
  2. It can lead to an increase in stomach acid, hibiscus leaves are acidic.
  3. It can lead to dehydration.
  4. It can lead to nausea based on the acidity.

Does Zobo Cause Miscarriage?

Pregnant women shouldn’t consume Zobo drinks because it may cause miscarriage. Miscarriage is a high tendency with the consumption of Zobo Drink.

It is always advisable to speak with a healthcare provider if you are pregnant or trying to conceive so that they can provide you with specific advice that fits your particular needs and health. They can offer advice on what foods and beverages are safe for you to consume while you are pregnant. 

Yes, zobo drinks might ease the flow of the menstrual cycle/flow but it can cause miscarriage.

Is Zobo Drink Good For Pregnant Women?

Given that pregnancy is a sensitive time for women, it is best to avoid anything risky, including Zobo Drink. They need to exercise caution, particularly in the early (1st) and latter(last) trimesters. Maternal malnutrition and delayed puberty may result from it. Regular use of Zobo drink would result in low body weight, thus prevention is preferable.

Benefits of Zobo Drink Without Sugar

One of the typical benefits is that it lessens the incidence of diabetes and the rise in blood sugar. Add natural fruits and sweeteners in place of sugar.

It decreases the risk of dental problems, Sugar has a significant role in dental issues such as tooth decay and cavities. Better oral health is promoted by consuming zobo without added sugar, it lowers the risk of certain tooth problems.

Conclusion 

Zobo Drink is a refreshing drink with benefits and side effects, it shouldn’t be taken with medications.

Zobo drink offers a unique taste and certain health benefits, which make it an enjoyable and refreshing supplement to a balanced diet. 

By following any of the methods, you can give yourself a tasteful experience.

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