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graceful, feathery leaved plant is related to the pea
(a legume) and is native to the Middle East. It grows
to about three feet tall, and has pealike blue flowers,
sticky leaves, and seedpods resemble partly grown peapods.
They have soft, long flexible taproots which are bright
was used in Egypt four thousand years ago and Assyrian,
Chinese and Indian records indicate its early use as
a medicinal. It is mentioned also in the writings of
Theophrastus, Dioscorides, Celsus, Scribonius Largus
and Pliny, usually in reference to medicinal uses. It
has been cultivated in Germany since at least the Thirteenth
century, Italy since the Fifteenth century, and in England
since at least the Thirteenth century. Europeans have
used it for both its medicinal and flavoring properties
since the Middle ages.
is cultivated today mainly in Mediterranean countries,
the United States importing most of its supply, although
some is grown in Louisiana and California. (There is
a wild species that is native to North America).
extracts obtained from this plant are used in candy,
beverages, baked goods and ice cream. It is also used
in shoe polish, beer, tobacco and fire extinguishers.
In medicine it has been used to treat peptic ulcers
and Addison's disease. In heavy doses it will deplete
the body's store of potassium and raise blood pressure.
In the U.S. most of its use in confectionary has been
replaced with artificial flavors.
article is from Chef James Ehler of Key West, Florida.
is a webmaster, cook, chef, writer and (like me) a self-confessed
computer nerd. He is the former executive chef of Martha's
Steak & Seafood Restaurant and the former Reach Hotel
(both in Key West), the Hilton Hotel in Fayetteville,
Arkansas, and the New Bern Golf and Country Club, North
is now webmaster and cook at the Blue Heaven Restaurant
in Key West while he works on his Food Encyclopedia
(five years so far). It is well worth paying a visit
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answer : Licorice,
Glycyrrhiza glabra and other species
James T. Ehler, 2001
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