Friday, December 7, 2012

Three Herb Licorice

"We're like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice."  ~ Jerry Garcia

Do you ever feel like licorice?

This is good ol' fashioned licorice with a little boost. With anise seed, fennel seed, and licorice root, these little black jewels can be eaten as a digestive aid after a meal. Anise and fennel help treat indigestion and gas while licorice root can improve stamina and help calm stomach ulcers. Licorice can also help tame a sore throat (as seen in my marshmallow and licorice root cough syrup).

A jar of these would make a lovely Christmas gift or an addition to a stocking.

This is old-fashioned candy, less sweet and with very strong flavors. One or two little bites are plenty.

I used lemon juice here to cut through some of the natural sweetness of the licorice root and molasses.

Three Herb Licorice Decoction
1 1/2 cups water
2 TB fennel seeds
2 TB anise seeds
Handful of Dried Licorice Root *see precautions below

1. Add everything to a small saucepan. Boil then simmer for 25 minutes.
2. Remove from stovetop and let cool with herbs in it (several hours).
3. Strain. Reserve remainder in the fridge to be used when needing a digestive aid or cough supressant.

Three Herb Licorice
1/2 cup of the three herb decoction
1 cup molasses
Lemon juice from a small lemon
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/4 cup coconut oil

1. Add the decoction, lemon juice, molasses, and coconut oil to a medium thick-bottomed saucepot. Insert a candy thermometer.
2. Boil until the liquid reaches 235 degrees or soft ball stage.
3. Remove from heat, gradually whisk in tapioca starch.
4. Pour out onto a parchment-lined tray and let cool ten minutes (or until warm not hot to touch).
5. Roll the licorice into two long ropes. Set ropes side by side and twist, starting at one side to the next.
6. Let dry, undisturbed for 8 hours. Cut into pieces.
Makes about thirty 1" pieces depending on size.

*Licorice root can raise blood pressure. Avoid administering to those who have high blood pressure. Also be sure to include potassium in your diet when eating licorice. And with any herbs, consult your doctor before considering consumption.
If you have high blood pressure, omit the licorice root and use an extra tablespoon of each seed.

And last but not least, I'm not a doctor. I'm not licensed to diagnose or prescribe. This is for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Use information at your discretion, taking into account medical history. Always research!

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