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Welcome to Liquorice!
Our quality liquorice comes in a variety of sizes, textures and shapes to suit your discerning tastes, from melt-in-the-mouth gourmet Finnish liquorice to Hand Rolled Pipes, chewy Italian Twists, Wheels and pure organic Calabrian Liquorice Imps. Sourced from only the best artisan Liquorice producers, it is beautifully complemented by our range of luxury Italian fondant filled candy in juicy fruity flavours.
We are confident you’ll find something from the Saint Valentines Liquorice Company range to satisfy your sweet (or salty!) desire. Shop now…
There are many good things about it! Pictured here is the root; the root of the Liquorice plant is used to make all the sweets and medicines that have that great liquorice taste. Grown mainly in hot dry regions with deep soil, such as Calabria in southern Italy, Iran, Turkey and China. The liquorice plant’s Latin name is Glycyrrhiza glabra which translates as ‘sweet root’ not surprising when you know it has been scientifically tested to be 50 times sweeter than sugar! It’s a bushy shrub which takes nine months to mature and grows to approximately chest height. The plant is all about the roots! which are really quite long, sometimes growing up to 2 metres in length. In Calabria we watched the farmers use a special plough which dug down deep into the soil, slicing through the roots which were then harvested from the earth by hand. The roots are then dried, ground and boiled to create a sticky black extract. It is this substance which holds the intensity of flavour plus the chemistry which makes Liquorice so widely used in the pharmaceutical and confectionary industries. Used in throat, ulcer and stomach medicines, the natural form of Liqourice also contains two compounds which help prevent tooth decay.