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Licorice Root

By November 7, 2012

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The stick-like roots of the licorice plant ('arq sous) are famously used to flavor candy, but in Morocco they're also appreciated for their medicinal value. As such, the roots can be ground and steeped to make a therapeutic and naturally sweet Licorice Tea, favored for treating coughs, colds, and sore throats; or they might be used to make an infusion which is subsequently chilled and served as a Licorice Drink. The latter is particularly refreshing on a hot day or after a day of fasting, although it may also be taken for its health benefits of reducing fever, detoxing the body and treating intestinal or digestive problems.

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