The licorice plant is a herbaceous perennial legume that grows best in well-drained soils in full sun. The root system consists of one main, deep taproot with several horizontal roots branching out. The roots are harvested after the end of the third year of growth.
Qualities: Used most commonly as a flavoring or for medicinal use, licorice root is one of the most widely used herbs worldwide for respiratory and digestive support. It is taken to soothe a variety of ailments including heartburn, stomach ulcers, digestive discomfort, sore throat, and coughs. Licorice has a distinctive flavor and sweetness that comes from the glycyrrhizin that composes up to 25% of the root's makeup. Common Use: Licorice has a distinctive flavor and sweetness. It can be prepared as a tea, tincture, or taken encapsulated. The sticks and slices may be chewed by themselves and are pleasant and tasty. Storage: Store in a cool, dry, dark place in an airtight container. Refrigeration not required.