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Liquorice (glycyrrhiza glabra)

A hardy perennial plant, native to the Mediterranean region, and now extensively cultivated in India, Iran, Russia and Spain - for its roots, which are used for confectionary, to make sweets and to flavour drinks.

It"s easy to grow in Britain (to buy a plant, or divide a root is more successful tan sowing from seed) - indeed historically was grown in large amount in the Pontefract area. As it's fifty times sweeter than sugar, it's often used in medicine as a flavouring agent.

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