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Licorice Know Your Herbs and Spices

Rainbow licorice candy

Rainbow licorice candy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love licorice. Our local dairy even puts it in their ice cream! I admit I’ve never tried to make that ice cream, probably because they do such a good job!

This plant grows wild in parts of Europe and Asia. I need to travel more often.

Here are some facts about licorice.

  • This herb has been used for centuries as a cure for upset stomach ache and mouth ulcers.
  • Licorice and anise are very similar in taste and often interchanged in recipes.
  • The root of the plant is ground or pelleted. It can be used whole or chipped as well.
  • It is 50 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Popular ways to enjoy the taste are in candy form, baked goods and teas.
  • This plant has a chemical ingredient that helps reduce phlegm.
  • Popular flavored spirits and liqueur like Pernod, Ouzo, Sambucca and Arak are actually flavored with anise. 

What’s your favorite way to enjoy licorice?

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
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