What is liquorice all about?
Did you know that because it has unique health properties, the pharmaceutical industry uses harvested natural liquorice?Liquorice is extracted from the natural roots of a plant; Glycyrrihiza Glabra (Sweet Root). Nature has gifted the Liquorice plant with super health qualities that have been used to treat health issues since the earliest times. The confectionery industry only uses some.
We very much believe in the health benefits of natural Liquorice too, using it as an ingredient in a variety of non-confectionery products including luscious soap.
Natural Liquorice is over 50 times sweeter than sugar. Making it the sweetest naturally occurring compound on this planet.
When Jaws uses his steel teeth to bite through the cable car line in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, he is actually munching a mouthful of yummy Liquorice. No wonder he took his time.
Love Liquorice? Munch on some history
For an awfully long time Liquorice has been made with love. In the beginning…
700BC; You are in royal company. The roots were found in Egyptian tombs and as early as 700BC Mesopotamian (try saying that at the end of an evening) stone tablets show liquorice plants were cultivated to treat the Royal masters. Most ancient cultures used it.
Where do you find it?
The Isle of Wight is a great haven for Liquorice Lovers. Queen Victoria had a large bundle delivered once a month to Osborne House. Now its H.Q. for Saint Valentines Liquorice Company. Calabria is the heart of traditional Italian production. Growing like weeds its particularly rich in the compounds that give it its unique flavour. However we have made it easy for you to now, just take a look at our shop for some tasty natural liquorice ideas.