FITNESS | Ghana Food and culture


November 30, 2015
Hello everyone, happy Monday! Man, I’ve been waiting for this day for ages; I’m finally done with exams!!!! (Let’s have a moment to hold hands and party, party, party!!) I’m SO excited because I’m going to have lots more free time (hopefully) to dedicate to some more creative pursuits.
Today’s post is a very special one. It’s my first food post everย on the blog, and it’s in collaboration with Michael, a friend of mine of whom I’ve been in awe for ages. Geez, the man can cook! Mmmmhmm. His daily (Ghanaian food) recipe posts on facebook always leave me mouthwatering, and when he shared his special Bissap recipe, I knew we had to have it over here on the blog!
Bissap drink, commonly known Sobolo, is a popular drink in Ghana and even West Africa at large. It is a tea made from Hibiscus leaves. It has a characteristic vivid Burgundy colour due to the colouration of the Hibiscus leaves from which it’s made.
Benefits of drinking Bissap/Sobolo Drink
  • In Ghana, it is widely believed that Bissap actively fights against fever, and strengthens the body against various aches and pains.
  • It aids in digestion and eases stomach upset by stimulating peristalsis (constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the intestine)
  • It also fights against nausea and breaks up phlegm.
  • In more Scientific news, a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) study done in 2008 by nutrition scientist Diane Mckay revealed that drinking Hibiscus tea actuallyย lowers blood pressureย inย a group of pre-hypertensive and mildly hypertensive adults.
  • Hence, it reduces your risk of hypertension.
Personally, I LOVE Bissap, and it is a staple in my diet, especially during my pregnancy times. I drank it every. single. day, and it helped me so much against nausea, the bane of pregnancy! And now I know why my blood pressure was always good…(regular exercise was a big factor too, of course!).
Without further ado, I present Michael’s recipe. Take over, Michael!
This is how I prepare my spicy hot #sobolo.
What you need: #sobolo leaves, spices, sugar, flavour(optional)
Spices: hwentia (also known as Negro pepper), pepree (also known as Grains of paradise or Guinea pepper), wisaa(both up and down), ginger.
Get to any market and ask for #sobolo leaves.
Preparation: Soak them leaves overnight. Boil for about 10 minutes. Blend them spices together and mix with boiled leaves. Sieve the mixture and add desired quantity of sugar and flavour (optional). Allow to cool and refrigerate. Serve very chilled.
That’s it! Try it and don’t be greedy, pass me some! Lol
You can blend pineapple and add to give it a twist.
You can find Michael over on his website or on twitter and instagram @donalabee.
And there you have it, folks! Happy tea making! ๐Ÿ™‚
Happy Monday, and have a wonderful week! December is coming!!! Fa la la la la la la la *wink wink*
xo, Cara.
  1. Who ever discovered this magic drink deserves an accolade Sobolo has been my favourite as i was growing up as a child I use to save a few pesswas to buy some after closing frm school. No wonder it has become my source of income i sell it and am proud. Who.

  2. NADINE, yes! It’s the same thing. I knew of Sorrel before Sobolo became popular. I’ve done both boiling of the petals and soaking overnight, only that the one soaked overnight is kinda strong and a little biting (due to mild fermentation). Any which way, Sobolo, Sorrel, Hibiscus or Bissap drink is the same with little twists across borders

  3. That beverage looks so much like our sorrel, which is a traditional Jamaican Christmas drink. We steep the red flowers/petals with ginger overnight or more, and then strain them, sweeten, and add cloves to the final mixture. Some persons put their own favourite spin on what they add to it, but that’s how my mom makes it. It’s my favourite drink ever! I’d drink it every day if I could. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s also rich in antioxidants, especially when combined with ginger.

  4. WOOP! WOOP! your exams are over that’s bloody mhhharvellous dhhharling (said in uber posh accent). Never heard of this drink before but I’m all about it given all the nasties it helps to keep at bay! ( : Ps dont forget to send me your adddressss!

  5. Hiya,

    We call this “Zobo” in Nigeria. I’ve had the original version and the one with the pineapple twist, it’s a very refreshing drink.

    I’ve never made it myself though, thank you for sharing your recipe Michael. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Zobo, Sobolo…hmmm close enough, I think. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I’ve never made it entirely by myself, either, but I used to make it a lot with my mother growing up! Thanks for your nice insightful inputs as always, Nedu! Truly appreciated. <3

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