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Liquorice Root. Liquorice. This spice comes from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant. The herb contains glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid, flavorids, asparagine, iso-flavorids, and chalcones Native to Eurasia, North Africa, and Western Asia

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Liquorice root

Liquorice Root


Liquorice

Liquorice

  • This spice comes from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant.

  • The herb contains glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhetinic acid, flavorids, asparagine, iso-flavorids, and chalcones

  • Native to Eurasia, North Africa, and Western Asia

  • Grown in dry, open scrubland, damp ditches or near streams.

  • Is harvested by digging up the entire plant to get to the roots which are then cleaned, trimmed, sorted, and dried.


Liquorice root

Uses

  • Liquorice Root contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar.

  • Therefore it was used in flavoring for confectionery

  • Can be found in whole root, powdered, or liquid extract form.

  • One of the oldest used herbs for medical purposes


Uses cont

Uses cont.

  • Liquorice root is a demulcent and gentle relaxant, soothing to mucous irritations, and valued chiefly for its sweet taste

  • It is used in treatment for coughs, colds, and other bronchial irritations

  • Glycyrrhiza glabra has been used to treat sore throats, mouth ulcers, stomach ulcers, inflammatory stomach conditions and indigestion

  • 90% of Liquorice used today is used to flavor tobacco


Cuisine

Cuisine

  • Liquorice extract is used in making confectionery. The extract is produced by boiling the root and allowing the water to the evaporate from the liquid.

  • Long-term use of products containing glycyrrhizin(found in liquorice root) can cause hypertension through peripheral edema.

  • Licorice candy was originally made with liquorice root, it is now normally made with anise.

  • Besides it's use in tobacco, the most common use for liquorice root in the United States is in herbal teas.


References

References

  • Drop - Dutch Licorice - Dutch Liquorice. (n.d.). Dutch Cooking. Retrieved May 23, 2013, from http://dutchfood.about.com/od/dessertssweets/a/DroppedinIt.htm

  • Glycyrrhiza glabra | lacrosse . (n.d.). Ayurveda Herbs Essential Oils - Wholesale Herbal Extracts. Retrieved May 23, 2013, from http://www.101herbs.com/glycyrrhiza-glabra.html

  • Medicinal use of Liquorice | Medindia. (n.d.). Medindia - Medical/Health Website. Retrieved May 23, 2013, from http://www.medindia.net/alternativemedicine/Liquorice.asp


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