These red, hairy pods caught my eye yesterday. They were abundant, down by the Flathead river. I was surprised to find, when I looked it up, that it’s wild licorice!
The roots can be eaten raw or cooked. Some people say it tastes like sweet potatoes. It contains glycyrrhizin, a substance that’s 50 times sweeter than sugar.
Licorice is used to treat ulcers and bronchial asthma and is used in cough syrup. It can cause high blood pressure.
Next time I’m down by the river, I’m going to try some wild licorice root.