Bisap, also known as Sogbolo in most parts of the country, is a very popular drink in Ghana. Sold mostly in plastic bags by women and children who roam about town screaming "sogbolo", this drink is usually drank cold.
However, most Ghanaians would rather drink a bottle of Coca Cola which contains no nutrients than take this highly nutritious drink because of the way it is packaged and sold. Maybe I should tell you guys what you are missing by not taking "Sogbolo"
From my research on Bisap, my findings revealed the following:
Bisap is rich in Vitamin C, which helps in the healing of wounds and also improves iron absorption from the gut. This in turn promotes red blood cell formation and prevents anaemia.
It may have some anti-hypertensive properties. Hypertensive patients can also take it to control their blood pressure.
Bisap is rich in antioxidants which help in neutralizing FREE RADICALS that are responsible for causing damage to our cells in the form of cancers.
2 cups dried hibiscus flowers (bissap) . For those who do not know what the flowers look like, check the pix.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, rum or any flavoring of your choice
sugar to taste (probably 1 to 2 cups; or sugar substitute)
5 cups of boiling water
- Bring the water to a boil. While it's heating, put the 2 cups of hibiscus flowers in a metal strainer in the sink and rinse them lightly with water to remove any sand or grit they might contain (the dried flowers bleed immediately, so make sure you keep the strainer in the sink).
- Put the rinsed flowers into the pot of boiling water and it boil for 20-30 minutes.
- Strain and let it sit for at least 4 hours.
- Then make your sugar syrup and add the flavoring.
- After both syrup and drink cool, mix and put in fridge to chill.
And Voila!!! You are ready to savor this tasty delight.