Facts about liquorice.

Here are some interesting facts about liquorice:

  1. Liquorice root has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes and as a flavoring agent in food and drinks.

  2. Liquorice is a member of the pea family and is a legume, not a herb.

  3. The botanical name for liquorice is “Glycyrrhiza glabra,” which means “sweet root” in Greek.

  4. Liquorice contains a compound called glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for its distinctive sweet taste. It is said to be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar.

  5. Liquorice has a long history of use in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties.

  6. In addition to candy, liquorice is used as a flavoring agent in a variety of foods and beverages, including tea, beer, and liqueurs.

  7. Liquorice is used in many traditional medicines around the world, including Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.

  8. The Netherlands is one of the largest producers and consumers of liquorice in the world. Dutch liquorice is known for its salty and slightly bitter taste.

  9. In high doses, glycyrrhizin can have side effects, including high blood pressure, headaches, and muscle weakness.

  10. Liquorice is not recommended for pregnant women or people with high blood pressure, heart disease, or kidney problems.