Glycyrrhiza glabra

Throughout the world Licorice is known as ‘The Sweet Root’ – and with good reason with its sweet compound being up to 50 times sweeter than sucrose.

Licorice is most often used in home remedies to make other herbs more palatable, especially when given to children. All medicine traditions agreed that its harmonising role was much more extensive than this and it is possibly the most widely used ingredient of folk remedies in the world. Its popularity for health as well as by the tobacco and confectionery industry are some of the reasons why it is threatened in its natural habitats around the world.

There are around 20 species of licorice; the species we offer – Glycyrrhiza glabra – is native to Southern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa and is the most commonly used. It tends to grow in hot, dry places so it is a little outside of its preferred growing habitat here in the UK, but it still grows well given a sunny position in well-drained soil. It is a perennial that can grow up to around six feet tall.

Start harvesting the roots after 3 years growth; regular harvests will add huge value to your herbal apothecary as well as containing excessive spread of the roots in the garden.

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