1. The liquorice plant has the botanical name, Glycyrrhiza, which means sweet root. It is a uniquely flavorful herb that is 50 times sweeter than sugar.

2. Also known as the blue flowering snow pea, the liquorice plant likes its surroundings hot. It is native to southern European countries like Spain and Italy, and parts of central Asia and the Middle East, including Israel.

3. Liquorice root is a flavorful ingredient found in a variety of products from beverages like soft drinks, liquor and tea, to soup broths, herbs and spices. The use of liquorice as an ingredient in candy is, of course, one with which most of us are familiar!

4. Liquorice for manufacturing is supplied as solid blocks, powder or in its purest form as a brown liquorice paste that is extracted under steam from the liquorice root.

5. Liquorice is also good for what ails you. Often called the “grandfather of Chinese herbs” because it has been used for medicinal purposes for over 3,000 years, liquorice root extract still appears in most Chinese herbal remedies for a wide variety of conditions.

6. The use of liquorice as a medicinal remedy is documented during the time of Hippocrates in the fourth century BC.

7. Later this modest plant was also supposed to have healed the wounds and quenched the thirst of Nero’s armies in the first century AD.

8. It has also been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, put there to accompany them to a higher plane.

9. During the middle Ages, crusaders brought this sweet liquorice treat to England. Many years later, a monastery in Pontefract, England, began producing liquorice candy.

10. Early settlers brought liquorice recipes to America. Today liquorice is an important ingredient in a wide range of consumer products throughout the world.
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