This is the licorice plant that is most popular and is commonly used for flavouring candy, liquors, and teas in North America and Europe. It is also known as European licorice. Licorice root provides a host of health benefits and culinary uses. The root has been used for thousands of years especially for it’s medicinal qualities. Licorice root tea is excellent for treating sore throats, the sweetly flavoured tea will actually coat the back of the throat thereby reducing overall soreness. The antibacterial and antiviral compounds in the root will also help fight colds and the flu.
When to Harvest Licorice Roots
Licorice roots can be harvested after three to four years after planting, when the plants will have matured by that time. A trench or hole that is 2 to 3 feet deep needs to be dug to harvest all the roots. The roots can then be washed and trimmed to be prepared for storage. It can be re-sprouted from the roots.
Perennial: Hardy in zones 7 to 10
When to Sow: Spring, late summer.
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Ease of Germination: Moderate
Uses: Culinary, medicinal