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Licorice in the Middle Ages (Part Two)

Licorice in the Middle Ages (Part Two)

Previously, we began discussing the impact of the licorice root during the European Middle Ages from the 5th century CE to the 15th century. We discussed its popularity as an herbal remedy, being used by medieval physicians to treat everything from coughs to arthritis. In this article, we will continue discussing the licorice root and its place during the Middle Ages. 

In the modern day, we enjoy licorice primarily as a sweet treat and back then they did so as well! Licorice was a relatively common sweetener and flavoring agent in medieval cuisine, added to everything. From stews and sauces, its distinct flavor was often desired. Most commonly, licorice root was used to sweeten mead and other alcoholic beverages. 

This culinary effect extends to the candy we all know and love! However during the Middle Ages, while licorice candy was made as well, and pretty similar to what we have today, it was considered a luxury item and seen as a sign of wealth. If only they could see what we had available to us today! 

We hope you found this information about the influence of licorice in the Middle Ages to be insightful and gave you a deeper appreciation for the confection! At, we provide gourmet licorice from around the world right to your front door. With over 50 premium flavors to choose from and 3 day delivery, we are here to satisfy your personal or gift giving licorice needs. Come take a look at all our flavors and find the right one for you today!

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