Photos of Glycyrrhiza lepidota, American Licorice, Wild Licorice.

American Licorice, Wild Licorice, Glycyrrhiza lepidota. American Licorice is a North American species of the genus to which licorice root belongs. Various native groups easpecially in Western states chewed the fresh root or added it to other foods. The Cheyenne ate the tender spring shoots. Chewed in ceremonies for a cooling effect. A tea of the root or leaves was taken to soothe an upset stomach. The root was chewed to alleviate toothache. The sweet root (made so by the triterpenoid glycyrrhizin) is much sweeter than sucrose.

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