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Liquorice

Although commonly associated with the chewy, jet–black aniseed–flavoured confectionery, liquorice (licorice) is also the name of a small plant whose long roots are cut into strips and dried (pictured left, also in powdered form). The confectionery is made from an extract from the root, which is mixed with sugar and gelatine. It is also used to make tea, to flavour liqueurs such as Sambucca, and occasionally in cooking. It is also available in powdered form.