Glycyrrhiza glabra – Licorice (plant)
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Glycyrrhiza glabra is a member of the Fabaceae (legume) family. The licorice (also spelt liquorice) plant is an herbaceous perennial legume native to southern Europe and parts of Asia, such as India. Much of the sweetness in licorice comes from glycyrrhizin, which has a sweet taste, 30–50 times the sweetness of sugar. The sweetness is very different from sugar, being less instant, tart, and lasting longer. Licorice has been used to flavour sweets, tobacco, foods and beverages. The root can be chewed on its own as a natural breath freshener.
Care and Cultivation of Glycyrrhiza glabra
Well drained soil in full sun to part shade, Glycyrrhiza glabra ia a legume and can produce its own nitrogen from symbiotic rhizobia. Growing to a height and spread of 1.5m. Will die down in most climates each cold season to a perennial rootstock which can be harvested for use.
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