Small pieces of pure liquorice.
The liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra L) is a perennial species of the Papilionaceae.
It was known from the past and it is called Glycyrrhiza from the Greek = sweet and root, meaning sweet root.
The liquorice grows spontaneously near to the sea throughout the Mediterranean area. According to the British Encyclopedia in Calabria grows the best liquorice of the world, especially on the ionical Coast, where the microclimate enhances the content of glycyrrhizin, a sweetener which gives the distinctive flavour to the liquorice juice.
The plant reaches 70 - 100 cm of height and it has thin green stems with a lot stolons in the subsoil which have a sweet and agreeable taste and they grow near to the soil surface.
The stolons have branches which allow the expansion of the plant far from 2 meters from the mother plant.
In the subsoil there are the roots which can reach more than 1 meter of depth.
They are strongly fixed in the land, in fact they reinforce, with their structure, the clay soil.