The Liquorice Stall
Liquorice has been used since ancient times as both a food and a medicine.
Chinese herbal formulas nearly all contain the herb. It is one of the most biologically active foods known, boasting numerous health benefits. The major benefit of liquorice is the assistance it gives to respiratory problems as it fights the viruses attaching to the respiratory tract, as well as relieving the symptoms such as coughing and a sore throat.
The essential ingredients of liquorice candy are liquorice extract, sugar and a binder, typically starch/flour, gum Arabic, gelatine or a combination thereof. Additional ingredients are extra flavouring, beeswax, ammonium chloride and molasses.
There is historical evidence that it has existed for over 3000 years. It has been found in mummies tombs and even recorded in Buddhist origional manuscripts dating from 360AD.
In the early 16th Centuary the root began to be cultivated in the monastery garden at Pontefract for herbal use. It thrived there because of the high concentration of clay in the soil. As a result the Yorkshire town soon became the centre of Britain's Liquorice industry.
Dutch People love Liquorice and call it DROP.
Plain Black Liquorice is very low fat and is well known for helping with constipation.
WARNING - PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM HYPERTENSION/HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SHOULD AVOID EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF LIQUORICE.