Sweet and, earthy with a strong aniseed flavour.
Used in desserts, tea infusions or savoury cooking as well as medicines.
uses: Add to a stock - especially
beef or lamb for a deep, earthy sweetness.
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Native to: south-east Europe and south west asia.
Sweet and, earthy with a strong aniseed flavour. Leaves a naturally sweet aftertaste.
Used in desserts, tea infusions or savoury cooking as well as medicines. In China, liquorice is a crucial flavouring for a master stock and adds a distinctive flavour and scent to many savoury dishes. Liquorice also is widely used in European sweets and desserts and is useful infused in sweet syrups, creams or even ice creams.
As a general rule, the smaller the particle size, the stronger the flavour as more surface area is exposed and more of the essential oils released.
LIQUORICE POWDER – extremely strong flavour. Use sparingly or bitterness comes through.
Five spice powder – flavour Chinese soya sauce. Stocks and marinades
Italian - Saffron risotto with liquorice powder
Matches well with chocolate -
Popular in northern Europe.
WHOLE ROOT – Add to a stock - especially beef or lamb for a deep, earthy sweetness. limited to infusions in liquid such as stocks or to stewed fruits, it is too woody and fibrous to be edible.
Liquorice rice – add a whole root to white rice when cooking – good with Chinese style meals.
Liquorice vodka – 2 ½ tbsp to 1 ½ cups vodka. ½ cup sugar syrup
Can be just chewed on for sweetness
FLAKED ROOT – to give a naturally sweet aftertaste to tea
JUICE STICKS – made by crushing the root to a pulp, then evaporating off all the water leaving a juicy sticky mass that is rolled into sticks. Just pure extract.
Popular in ayurvedic medicine. Good for respiratory complaints, coughs and colds – it is an expectorant. It is used widely in lozenges and cough medicines – though this is often more as a flavouring.
Has a soothing and protective effect on the stomach and digestive system
Holding liquorice root in the mouth is said to help cure addictions.
Chewing on liquorice freshens the breath.
Good for mouth and stomach ulsers
Can heighten blood pressure
Traditional Chinese medicine it is said to ‘harmonise’ the various ingredients in herbal remedies.