Natural Liquorice Root is tasty and aromatic and is delicious when added to savoury and sweet dishes. They have a sweet but slightly salty flavour and a very pungent aroma. It is quite similar to aniseed and fennel in taste. Liquorice is a woody, herbaceous perennial herb native to Southern Europe and Asia which grows to a height of up to 2 metres. The leaves are with alternate, oddly, pinnate leaves, 7–15cm in length, comprised of 9–17 leaflets, deep green in colour when mature and bright green tinged with red when young. The inflorescences form panicles of individual flowers 0.8–1.2 cm in length and can be either creamy white, mauve, dark purple to pale whitish blue in colour.
Make syrup from the root and use to flavour ice cream, sorbets and sauces for fruit. Liquorice has a naturally sweet; it contains glycyrrhizin, a natural chemical that is 50 times sweeter than sugar. Add liquorice root to teas or infusions; try adding it to peppermint or spearmint for a pleasant digestive tea for after meal times. The root can also be added to stocks for beef casseroles and stews and to home brew beers to add an interesting flavour.