The roots of the leguminous plant Glycyrrhiza glabra yield a sweet sap that is one of the sweetest naturally occurring substances. It is 30 to 50 times sweeter than sucrose. The extracted sap in a liquid or solid form is what is commonly known as licorice, a name that comes from Old French licoresse which is, in turn, from the Greek glukurrhiza, meaning “sweet root.”
Licorice extract is produced by boiling licorice root and subsequently evaporating most of the water. Licorice extract is used in many industrial applications for its flavoring, sweetening and/or debittering characteristics. Licorice extract is traded as a paste, block or spray-dried powder and granules.
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Food & Confectionery
Liquorice is found in a wide variety of liquorice candies. Licorice root extract is a very important flavoring agent and component at present in the confectionery and it is being employed in the food industry as a flavoring agent.
Made in a special way from licorice root, extract is the main concentrate of such globally famous drinks like Coke Cola and Pepsi. Concentrated extracts made from licorice roots are main ingredients for preparation of alcohol based balms.
Tobacco is projected to be the leading industry in the consumption of licorice root as an active ingredient. it is being employed in the tobacco industry as a de-bittering agent in order to mask the off-note taste of stevia that has till now been a favorite in the market.
Soothing, flavoring, debittering ingredient for pastilles, pills, syrups against sore throat, hoarseness, cough and stomach ache.
Licorice is famous for its anti-allergic, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, emollient, estrogenic (mild), expectorant, laxative, pectoral (moderate), soothing properties. Licorice is suggested for cough, asthma, and other breathing problems. Topical preparations are used for eczema and other skin problems.