Also spelt ‘licorice’ it is extracted from the root of the gycyrrhiza glabra and has a slightly sweet flavour. The words ‘liquorice’ and ’licorice’ are derived from licoresse from the Greek word that means ‘sweet root’. The liquorice plant is technically a legume, and is indigenous to many parts of Asia and south Eastern Europe. It is used in confectionery, sweet beverages, and tea – as well as the woody root sometimes being chewed.

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