Latin Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
The root of this amazing pea relative has been used for centuries in herbal preparations in china and was sucked by children in the UK during rationing for it’s sweet taste. Unlike marshmallow liquorice (licorice) extract is still present in modern liquorice sweets although they are flavoured with aniseed which is probably the taste licorice sweets are most associated with now.
liquorice historically has been used to help suppress coughs and soothe indigestion. Modern research has investigated liquorice’s antiviral and antibacterial properties, as well as its anti inflammatory effects. Licorice root extracts are also thought to have anti-tumour and anti-HIV activities among many other properties. It is worth noting that excessive intake of liquorice orally over a period of time can increase blood pressure (so watch out you sweet lovers!)