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May 14, 2012

Liquorice

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Liquorice [lik-uh-rish] or licorice is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra (a legume) from which a somewhat sweet flavor can be extracted. It is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia, and is not related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which are the sources of similar-tasting compounds. The word ‘liquorice’ is derived from the Greek ‘glukurrhiza’ (‘sweet root’).

The flavor of liquorice comes mainly from a sweet-tasting compound called anethole, an aromatic, unsaturated ether compound also found in anise, fennel, and several other herbs. Much of the sweetness in liquorice comes from glycyrrhizin, a compound  30 to 50 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar).

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March 28, 2011

Spiral Aloe

Aloe polyphylla, or Spiral Aloe, is a species in the genus Aloe. Native to Lesotho, in South Africa, this aloe is well known for its strikingly symmetrical, five-pointed spiral growth habit.

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