Know Your Spices - Licorice

Licorice or Jesthimadh used in EltheCook Readymade Tadka (Tempered SPice blends). Shipping worldwide

Licorice or Jesthimadh is a sweet flavored root which is native to the Indian Subcontinent and Europe.

Yielding the same flavor compounds as star anise and fennel, licorice is bitter and sweet flavors combined!

Most licorice was used in the tobacco industry as a flavoring in cigarettes and snuff because of its natural sweetness and distinctive flavor, but today it is banned.

In the food industry, licorice is used in a variety of candies, sweets and jellybeans! The sweetness of licorice is almost 30-50 times that of normal sugar! In Finland, salmiakki or salty licorice is a big trend which uses ammonium chloride as a salt.

In fact, in the Nordic countries the root is simply chewed and sucked which draws out the intensely sweet flavour. All through Italy, licorice extract is used which is black in color and is also distilled to a spirit.In Syria & Egypt a popular mildly bitter-sweet drink is sold at street vendors called Erk-Sous is made of licorice extract!

Have you tasted licorice? What are your experiences? Tell us in the comments!
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