“Helsinki is very romantic. Art and design are in the air everywhere. After a few nibbles I am besotted with the amazing taste experience of Salty Liquorice.” Pandora Bell
In the 1930’s Pandora Bell travelled Europe, getting inspiration for what would become the Pandora Bell Collection. On this journey she kept a diary.
We have recently developed a range of Exceptional Gourmet Liquorice to add to the Pandora Bell Collection. Liquorice is a wonderful ingredient and its history and benefits make fascinating reading. A combination of the raw ingredient from Iran and the Nordic Technique has us in Liquorice heaven.
Liquorice root has also been used for centuries for its medicinal benefits. Some of these benefits are not proven by conventional research but are part of folk and herbal medicine. However, the overall holistic benefits of liquorice root are becoming more accepted in the medical community.
The early Egyptians loved liquorice root and used it in tea as a general cure….. in much the same way as an Irish or English person will always reach for a cup when feeling off balance. Liquorice was later imported to the Chinese and also became an important herb in their medicinal tradition.
Throughout history, Liquorice Extract appears in documentation across Europe. It appears to have been in common use in Germany during the Middle Ages.
Saladinus, who wrote about the middle of the fifteenth century, names it among the wares kept by the Italian apothecaries and it is enumerated in a list of drugs of the City of Frankfurt, written about the year 1450.
Among it’s many medicinal uses, Liquorice root has been used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, liquorice root extract is thought to speed repair of the stomach’s lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid
Liquorice is also recommended to treat respiratory problems.
Over time, stress can leave the adrenal gland exhausted by the constant work of producing adrenaline and cortisol. The adrenal gland can get relief with the support of liquorice supplements. The adrenal gland can be stimulated and balanced by liquorice root extract, which promotes a healthy level of cortisol within the body.
Topical gels including liquorice are recommended for the treatment of eczema. Liquorice is often used as a successful dermatological treatment due to its antibacterial properties. Along that line of reasoning, holistic health practitioners often suggest applying liquorice treatment to the site of tooth decay to kill bacteria.
At Pandora Bell we are fanatical about superb ingredients as they are the key to good food. For us, liquorice is about taste and sensation.
The Pandora Bell Classic Sweet Liquorice is authentic Nordic liquorice crafted with Persian Liquorice Root. Smooth balance and purity of flavours create the definitive Sweet Liquorice
Authentic Salty Liquorice or Salmiak is the food infatuation of all of the Nordic Countries. This potent salt candy is a gourmet experience that once it grows, it really grows.
Pandora Bell’s Smoked Sweet Liquorice is a unique delicacy, cold smoked for two days on alder wood. Two flavour traditions unite in a simple, yet ingenious Gourmet Liquorice.
We hope you too have a love affair with Liquorice.