Licorice Root Powder
Botanical Name - Glycyrrhiza glabra
Other Names - Russian licorice, Spanish licorice, European licorice, Turkish licorice Gan cao, Sweet Root, Glycyrrhiza, Radix liquiritiae
Origin - Turkey
Typical Preparations - In powdered form, licorice root is most often encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
Flavor Profile - Intensely sweet with an anise or fennel flavor. Blends well with ginger, lemongrass, cinnamon, cardamom and other warm spices.
Culinary Usages - Use sparingly to add flavor to baked goods, puddings, syrups and confections. Powdered licorice root is also encapsulated as a dietary supplement.
Cosmetic Usage - May be used in soapmaking and to add scent to other skin care products.
Aromatic Usages - Use powdered licorice root in incense blends.
Licorice is a member of the pea family that is native to Asia and southern Europe. The root of the plant contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that is up to 50 times sweeter than table sugar.
Precautions - Do not use long-term or take in high dosages due to the risk of potassium depletion. If you have a known heart condition or high blood pressure, check with your doctor before using this herb.
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