Licorice or Jathimadh as it is known in India is a ancient herb. It has a distinctive sweet flavor which makes it a preference over sugar in making candies, better known as licorice candies across world. Anise oil has a flavor that is strikingly similar to that of licorice and because of this it is often confused with licorice, but the resemblance ends there. The properties are very different and where licorice roots are potentially toxic the other is quite common and harmless
Licorice – Names in different Indian Languages.
Hindi – Jethimadh , Bengal – Jethmadh, Gujrati - Yastimadh.
The Herb has been used in the treatment of cough and cold.
The part used in cooking is primarily its root. Liquorice flavour is found in a wide variety of liquorice candies or sweets. Licorice gets its sweetness from glycyrrhizin, which is a saponin glycoside present in the roots. On an average 5 to 9 percent of the roots are made up of glycyrrhizin, which is fifty times sweeter than sugar
Liquorice flavouring is also used in soft drinks and in some herbal infusions where it provides a sweet aftertaste. The flavour is common in medicines to disguise unpleasant flavours.
Chinese cuisine uses liquorice as a culinary spice for savoury foods. It is often employed to flavour broths and foods simmered in soy sauce
Most of the is used to flavor tobacco products like cigarettes, pipe tobaccos, cigars and so on. The perceptible sweetness and pleasant flavor that many commercial tobacco blends have is due to the presence of licorice
Dried licorice roots can be stored in Containers.
High rate of consumption of licorice especially by people suffering from high blood pressure or heart trouble could have serious consequences. With increased consumption, its toxic effects are apparent within a matter of days or a single week.