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Glycyrrhiza glabra

(Common name:- Licorice root)

Classification

Glycyrrhiza glabra

History

Licorice is a legume plant a native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. This plant is basically used to extract a sweet compound.

Licorice is been used from older times in medicines throughout the world in China, India, Greek and Egypt.

Plant Description

Licorice is a hardy perennial which grows upto 1 m in height. The leaves are pinnate of about 7-15 cm long having 9-17 leaflets.

The flowers of this plant are purple to pale whitish blue and 0.8-1.2 cm long.

The fruit is an oblong pod and 2-3 cm long containing numerous seeds.

The licorice root taste like anise having sweet taste and no odour.

Cultivation

Licorice plant thrives in deep, fertile, well-drained soils and full sunlight is required for proper growth.


The harvesting period of this root is autumn, after two to three years of planting.

Parts Used

Roots.

Constituents

IActive compound of licorice are glycyrrhizin which makes this root sweet. Other constituents of licorice are magnesium, silicon and thiamine.

Culinary uses

Medicinal uses

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