Liquorice, or licorice, is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra from which a somewhat sweet flavour can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume that is native to southern Europe, India and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which are sources of similar flavouring compounds.

In the Netherlands, where liq...

Liquorice, or licorice, is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra from which a somewhat sweet flavour can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume that is native to southern Europe, India and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which are sources of similar flavouring compounds.

In the Netherlands, where liquorice candy ("drop") is one of the most popular forms of sweets, only a few of the many forms that are sold contain aniseed, although mixing it with mint, menthol, or with laurel is quite popular. Mixing it with ammonium chloride ('salmiak') is also popular. The most popular liquorice, known in the Netherlands as zoute drop (salty liquorice), actually contains very little table salt, i.e., sodium chloride. The salty taste is probably due to ammonium chloride and the blood pressure raising effect is due to glycyrrhizin (see below). Strong, salty candies are popular in Scandinavia.

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