Uses: Root can be chewed raw or used as a flavouring. The source of liquorice powder that is extracted and used in sweets, baked goods, ice cream, soft drinks etc, it is also used medicinally.
It has a sweet and delicious flavor, but the root is very fibrous. The root contains glycyrrhizin, a substance that is 50 times sweeter than sucrose.
The dried root is often used for chewing, it is excellent for teething children and also as a tooth cleaner.
A tea made from the roots is an excellent thirst quencher.
The powdered root is also used as a sweetener in other herb teas. The leaves are used as a tea substitute in Mongolia.
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Seedman’s Licorice seeds
Licorice thrives in moist, loamy soil with full sun. A member of the Fabaceae family, this sweetly flavored legume has an anise-like flavor and aroma. The root is harvested and dried in its second or third year and used in a variety of culinary and herbal applications. Licorice is popular globally and used for flavoring everything from teas, candies, and liquors, to other culinary creations.
Defined by its many fuzzy, silvery green leaves, Glycyrrhiza glabra can grow up to five feet tall. It blooms tiny white flowers during the spring and summer months. It easily self-seeds and can also be propagated by divisions or cuttings.
Licorice is easy to grow from seed. In early spring, soak seeds for 24 hours, then plant half an inch deep in prepared soil. Germination should occur within a couple of weeks and young seedlings should be spaced at least two feet apart.
Shop licorice seeds at Mountain Rose Herbs. Glycyrrhiza glabra seed packet from Strictly Medicinal Seeds. 20 seeds per packet.