Liquorice- Jyesthi Madhu- or licorice is the root which is a somewhat sweet flavour can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume that is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is not related to anise, star anise, or fennel. As a young girl we used to taste the fresh Fennel which tastes like Licorice but the Licorice actually is a root that has the taste. We all know about Licorice in Candy form and the taste most kids love. somehow I always thought that Licorice is black- remember the Licorice Ice Cream?
Licorice grows wild in some parts of Europe and Asia.. The roots are straight pieces of wrinkled, fibrous wood, which are long and cylindrical (round) and grow horizontally underground. Licorice roots are brown on the outside and yellow on the inside. Licorice supplements are made from the roots and underground stems of the plant.
Licorice is used for Medicinal purpose for ages- specially in the Ayurvedic Practice.
It is a spice and since it has sweet taste and flavor, it is mainly used for sweet dishes and Deserts.
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