The earliest usage of licorice was back in the first syllables of recorded time. Licorice lovers throughout history have included Pharaohs and Prophets. Generous supplies were discovered in Emperor King Tut’s tomb, while Egyptian hieroglyphics record the use of licorice in a popular beverage by men in the days when the bible was still being written!
What is licorice exactly? It comes from a botanical 4-5 foot scrub with blue or violet flowers, native to southern Europe and Asia. Its roots have two primary desirable qualities: roots can be 50 times sweeter than sugar, making it a useful component for some of our favorite candies; second, licorice has been sought after for its medicinal qualities. It has proven useful in the treatment of coughs and sore throats….