Overcoming Bloglessness

Wild Licorice



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.


Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

7 thoughts on “Wild Licorice

  1. What an interesting photo of a very interesting plant. I love to see a close up or detail of the pods/buds. Fascinating.

  2. How does it grow? Never seen it…

    • It’s a low-growing plant, knee-high or less. It was growing in sandy, rocky soil. I tried to pull some up, to taste the roots, but it broke too easily. I needed a knife or digging tool. It’s invasive.

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