Cut Piece of Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Closeup of cut surface of licorice root, showing coarse brown peel and white interiorView Full Resolution

This closeup of the cut surface of a licorice root makes it look more like a tree branch or piece of wood, than a root. If you chew on these roots, they have a strong, distinctive licorice flavor, and are surprisingly sweet, due not to sugar but rather to the fact that chemicals in the licorice plant activate the sweet receptors on our tongues.
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