Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The root, or stick, of the licorice plant is thick and woody. It has a similar flavor profile to anise and fennel.
Derivatives[edit | edit source]
Liquorice flavour is most commonly available as a liquid extract. The extract is produced by boiling liquorice root, then evaporating most of the water to leave a sweet syrup. The extract is widely used to make confectionery, especially black liquorice candies and liquorice allsorts.
Uses[edit | edit source]
Liquorice is also used in Chinese cooking, in broths and in foods simmered with soy sauce. It can also be prepared as a tea.
Liquorice increases blood pressure, is an expectorant (cough remedy), and acts as a mild laxative.