Healthy Food Database
Most people think of thick, black, chewy, sweet straps when they think of licorice, but it is in fact a shrub native to southern Europe and Asia. The root contains a substance called glycyrrhizin that is 50 times sweeter than ordinary sugar.
Licorice is mainly grown to flavour tobacco, but it is also sold as a herb tea. It has been used to treat many health conditions and is the main ingredient in many cough medicines today. Used frequently in Asian stocks.
Note: salicylate and amine content refers to the spice, not the sweet.
Buy as a tea from health food stores or as licorice straps. Buy organic licorice from health food stores, but be aware that there is little licorice in the lolly - it is made with molasses and equal but small quantities of anise and licorice. Chopped or powdered root is available from specialty spice stores.
If stored well, licorice (the sweet) will last for months. Store in a dry, airtight container for up to 2 months.
Dried, chopped or powdered licorice root should be stored in airtight containers away from heat and light, and should last for at least 2 years.
Tips & Tricks:
Use chopped licorice root along with star anise in Chinese pork and duck marinades. The talcum-fine powder can be used to flavour cream and ice cream.
A serve of licorice is about two 5cm pieces.
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* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.
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