Monday 9 December, 2019

Sorrel with garlic? Nigerians put new twist on beloved Caribbean drink

In the Caribbean sorrel is a popular drink especially around Christmas time.

The petals of the flower are boiled in water and seasoned with clove, cinnamon, bay leaves in Trinidad, ginger in Jamaica and hard spice in Barbados. Liberal dashes of rum are also applied depending on the recipients.

In parts of Africa, where the plant originated, the drink is also seasoned with garlic.

This, according to a video showing how to make Zobo, which sorrel is called in Nigeria.

The video, posted on OkayAfrica’s Instagram page, shows the sorrel being boiled with large chunks of pineapple and chopped garlic and ginger.

The recipe confused many on the post who just could not fathom the use of garlic including other Africans who call the drink by different names.

“This is bissap minus that nasty garlic... and idk what rubbish country makes it that way lol,” said one follower.

“Garlic?! You’re high,” said another.

“Garlic is not a traditional addition in Nigeria. It's a new trend for a few,” explained one follower.

A search for Zobo recipes shows many Nigerian food sites endorsing the use of garlic.

“The addition of fruits and vegetables such as pineapple, oranges, ginger and garlic helps amplify its flavour and aroma,” said a site called Zeelicious Foods.

We aren't convinced about the garlic addition but if you try it, let us know how it tastes. 

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