Sweet Root

Thanks for sharing this!

You have what? A craving for licorice?

Well, come on over. At the moment my freezer holds a large bag of my favorite treat and I’m willing to share.

But I want you to know I’m not just handing out free candy…I’m also dispensing history and health information.

Here’s the buzz.

Although a few companies have conducted scientific studies, the Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve licorice as a cure for anything. Still, its natural health benefits have been praised by historic figures like King Tut, Alexander the Great, even Julius Caesar.

And why not?

For thousands of years, licorice roots have been considered medicinal and used to treat coughs, sore throats, stomach disorders, skin conditions … the list goes on and on.

As you probably know, there’s a downside. Those with high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes or any heart related ailments should avoid eating a whole bag at one sitting.

Today, licorice flavored candy is made in many places. The black and red stuff in my freezer–which is the preferred spot to store the yummy treat if you live in a steamy location like Carpenter Country–comes from Australia, New Zealand and America.

Licorice, or sweet root, as it was called in ancient Greece, is a low shrub with purplish flowers that favors subtropical climates.

Hmmm–right now my back yard could be considered subtropical. And yes, licorice root does have a downside, but maybe I should plant a few bushes…could be a money maker.

Okay, forget about information sharing and free candy.

I’m going to be too busy harvesting my gold mine.

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