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  • LIQUORICE OR LICORICE ROOTS




    What is Licorice or Liquorice?

    Licorice is a natural plant based raw material, wild grown with very hard and fibrous roots in the underground, growing 3-7 feet high and varies in thickness. Liquorice survives well in the temperate, warm and sub-tropical climates while Liquorice also does well in winters. Licorice roots appear more like wood due to its brown outer color, whereas the inside is yellow in color commonly termed as ‘yellow tip’. This yellow tip signifies the premium quality of the root.

    Botanical Name - Glycyrrhiza glabra; Greek word meaning 'sweet root'

  • Liquorice Centuries' Old

    Licorice is the popular organic herb being used for centuries by various cultures around the world such as Greeks, Asians, Romans and Egyptians for its culinary and most prominently medicinal uses. 

    The healing powers and properties of miraculous licorice herb have been endorsed by the great Egyptian and Roman emperors as well as by the Alexander the Great and Brahma, India's great prophet.

    Origin & Occurence

    Alfarid Corporation Limited is the ‘King of Liquorice’ in the market with the premium grade dried licorice roots inventory in hand covering origins of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Turk Mandi, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Pakistan having our own procurement offices at origin. The regions are Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Baghlan & Saripul, Maimana, Kunduz, Ankhoi, Khanabad and Ghazni. Other areas include Koh-e-baba and zones of higher altitude.

    Uses and Significance of Liquorice Roots

    Licorice is mainly valued for its glycyrrhizin acid content and glabridine yield used in flavoring, extraction and pharma industries..

    Culinary Uses

    Licorice is widely used as a flavoring ingredient in confectioneries and most popularly for candies. Liquorice root has a naturally distinctive, very sweet flavor and said to be fifty times sweeter than regular sugar. This is the reason why it is used in flavoring beers, desserts, gelatins, and frozen meat products. The selected clean liquorice root long sticks are also made available in stores as chewing sticks.

    Medicinal Uses

    Natural Liquorice is used in preparing medications to cure sore throat, cough, stomach inflammation and ulcers and is also used as a laxative. Liquorice serves to relieve rheumatism and arthritis as well as regularize the blood sugar levels. Unpeeled Liquorice’s sweet flavor is used as a flavoring agent to disguise the bitter and unpleasant taste of certain drugs and is also used for coating capsules.

    Licorice does wonders with treating almost every major medical complaint such as lungs and kidney problems, bladder problems and gall stones, tonsillitis, allergies, abdominal pain, toothache, headache, earache, nausea, body fatigue, food poisoning, fluid retention, hemorrhoids, hysteria, indigestion and gastritis. Moreover, licorice roots’ helps in regulating the cholesterol, blood sugar levels and diabetes. Organic liquorice is also a good cure of depression, anxiety and insomnia, high fever and malaria

    Other Uses

    Licorice is used as an emulsifier to create foam in drinks and alcoholic beverages. Liquorice tea and herbal tea is also prepared from licorice to treat spasms, reduce menstrual cramps and improves fertility. Un-peeled Liquorice roots is used in the tobacco industry to flavor cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. Moreover, Licorice owns the miraculous property to strengthen the immune system and is also used for vitality and longevity and used in cosmetics as a beautifying agent. Moreover, licorice extract is believed to reduce the LDL bad cholesterol and the body fat mass in human body.

    Potential Uses

    Research is being conducted on various other unclaimed potential medicinal uses of licorice to treat HIV and cancer. No firm clue has yet been furnished, however the scientists are optimists with regard to licorice’s miraculous healing powers. It has been found that licorice may decrease symptoms of menopause and improve memory.

    Side Effects and Cautions

    Over dosage of licorice may lead to water and salt retention in the body, high blood pressure and heart problems. Other down side elements include hypertension and loss of potassium. Specially, pregnant women should not consume liquorice in large quantities.

    Liquorice Roots Preparation and Procurement

    The liquorice roots are dug from the underground and then dry in a variety of ways such as under the sun, shade or sometimes through artificial procedure. After drying, the roots are stored away from heat, light and moisture to retain its flavor and properties. Drying licorice roots is very importing to achieve high concentration of glycyrrhizin acid content and glabredin yield. The next step that Alfarid Corporation follows is to cut, sort and select the Licorice pressed bales to prepare different grades of dried licorice roots such as premium, elite, hand selected, semi-selected, clean and regular qualities. Cutting of liquorice roots is done by hand and also through machine to achieve the right specs as desired by client such as dice cut, slice cut, ghanderi cut, machine 2 inch cut and wide cut. Further processing is done through customized machineries and vibrating sieve to prepare square cuts, fine tea bag cut TBC, crushed tea grade. liquorice roots is grinded and milled to prepare fine mesh licorice root powder and other mesh grades such as 60, 80, 120, 150 and 250.

    Licorice processors may further process the roots by cleaning, grinding and then boiling the roots to turn it into an extract. The prepared extract may further be processed depending upon the substance required. For taste preferences, licorice extract may further be processed by adding natural flavors and/or emulsifiers.

    To buy licorice roots all sorts, write to info@liquoriceroots.com or info@alfarid.org . You may also fill the Inquiry Form

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