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Cookbook | Recipes | Ingredients | Spices and herbs

Slivers of liquorice root

Liquorice or Licorice is a spice derived from Glycyrrhiza glabra. It smells somewhat like star anise, fennel and anise. In Nigeria, it is referred to as 'oburunbebe' or 'banga stick'.

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.

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