Botanical name: Tagetes filifolia
The Licorice Herb (or Liquorice Herb) is a rare plant with, as the name suggests, an intense licorice flavour. With the strong aroma, the plant is a "must" for any licorice lover.
This low growing perennial herb has delicate, lacy foliage and shows the small inconspicuous white flowers during March-April.
Using Licorice Herb
A perfect additive to both food and drinks, it can also be chewed on its own for a refreshing treat.
The delicate, dill-like leaves of this bushy plant are loaded with flavour suitable for sweet and salty foods, herbal teas as well as licorice vinegar or white wine.
It is also a wonderful plant for a low-calorie snack between meals. Just cut off a few leaves and eat right away.
You can make Licorice tea with this simple recipe - cut 2 teaspoons of fresh leaves up small, place into a cup, fill the cup with hot water and let stand for 4 minutes. Licorice tea has a distinctive flavour.
Growing Licorice Herb
Plant in garden beds or perhaps in a pot on the patio so that you can fully appreciate the aroma.
The Licorice Herb is perennial, but must be overwintered indoors. It prefers full sun to partial shade. It will thrive in the shade as well but the growth will not be as lush.
The average height of licorice herb is approximately 30 to 40 cm.
The plants are satisfied with an ordinary, well drained garden soil and should be fertilised every 3-4 weeks with an organic fertiliser.
Regular harvesting is recommended to encourage side shoots. To simply harvest, simply cut off the shoot tips.