LIQUORICE Scientific Name:
Glycyrrhiza glabraGet the latest pricelists here
- Liquorice is a hardy perennial with stoloniferous roots, downy stems and pinnate leaves and can grow up to a height of 2 meters.
- The roots are straight pieces of wrinkled, fibrous wood, which are long and cylindrical (round) and grow horizontally underground.
- Liquorice roots are brown on the outside and yellow on the inside.
- In late summer it bears pale blue to violet pea-like flowers in loose spikes followed by oblong pods, containing 2-4 kidney-shaped seeds.
- The flavor that we associate as liquorice in liquorice candy is actually anise.
- Liquorice candy is primarily flavored with anise oil and then sweetened with liquorice root.
- The root contains glycyrrhizin, a substance that is 50 times sweeter than sucrose.
- The powdered root is also used as a sweetener in soft drinks, other herbal teas and the leaves are used as a tea substitute in Mongolia.
- A tea made from the roots is a thirst quencher.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
- Root is harvested in autumn, 3-4 years after planting - and is dried for later use.
- Liqucorice treats bronchial complaints such as catarrh, bronchitis, colds, flu, coughs and reduces irritation of the throat.
- It relieves stress and is a potent healing agent for tuberculosis.
- Liquorice helps to reduce fever and is used in the treatment of chronic inflammations such as arthritis, mouth ulcers, rheumatic diseases, chronic skin conditions and autoimmune diseases.
- Liquorice can be used to treat ileitis, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease (it is anti-spasmodic in the bowels).
- It can also be used for auto-immune conditions including lupus, scleroderma.
- The dried root can be chewed and is excellent for teething children – it is also a good tooth cleaner.
- Liquorice adds a mellow, sweet woody flavor and enhances the taste of tobacco.
- Extracts from the root are used as a foaming agent in beers and fire extinguishers.
- A fiber obtained from the roots is used for insulation, wallboard and boxboard
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