Licorice Root Sticks

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Licorice is a plant related to beans and peas that is native to Asia and introduced to Europe by Dominican friars in the 15th century. The plant is harvested for its stolon-like roots, which harbor a compound that produces a taste many times sweeter than sucrose.

Historically, pieces of root are decocted in hot water to produce teas and strong infusions with which to make syrups, lozenges or hard candies. However, whole licorice root sticks can also be chewed upon just as they are.

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information at a glance

approximate cups to one poundapprox 50 sticks per pound
plant part usedroot/td>
processingsticks (approx 5-7" in length each)

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a well-sealed container away from direct light, heat and humidity.
appearance & aromaWoody and fibrous with a mild and sweet scent.


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culinaryDecoct to make tea, tonics and syrups. Licorice root may also be tinctured. The sticks may also be chewed.
safetyCheck with your doctor before using this herb if you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure.

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flavor profile

sticks of
licorice root

Sweet and spicy. Pairs well with Asian herbs and spices like ginger and star anise.

formulas & recipes

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licorice root

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what else you should know

sticks of
licorice root

The spice and herb referred to as licorice is obtained from the root of a flowering plant in the pea family that is native to Europe and Asia. While there are roughly two dozen species of licorice distributed throughout its native range, Glycyrrhiza glabra is specific to Europe where, with the exception of Scandinavia, it’s commonly found in open pastures and other undisturbed places.

The flavor and fragrance of licorice root is easily recognized due to its unique characteristics. However, what most people know as licorice candy is actually flavored with anise oil with licorice acting as a secondary flavor and sweetener. In terms of the latter, licorice is up to 50 times sweeter than cane sugar due to the presence of the compound glycyrrhizin.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.