The History of Liquorice

4000 BC

The Sumerians, who lived on the banks of the rivers Euphrates and Tigris, used liquorice in medicin.

356-344 BC

Both Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar provided their soldiers with the liquorice root. It was used to reduce thirst and thus increasing endurance.


Liquorice root, which only used to grow along the countries of the Mediterranean Sea, Russia, China and Iran, reached the fields of Europe.


Liquorice cultivation reached England, but the big trade centres were still Italy and Calabri. There were several large estates run by the so-called “Liquorice Barons”.


Liquorice was introduced to the medical industry in Sweden as a cure for bad stomachs.


Dutch people introduced liquorice as sweets.


The soft liquorice was created by mistake when an English pharmacist accidently poured flour into the liquorice medicinal drug that he was making.


Liquorice confectionery became so popular that liquorice plants emerged in Sweden and Finland. In Swedish pharmacies you could purchase liquorice root and liquorice paste.


Malmö Liquorice Company, which later became known as Malaco, started manufacturing the classic liquorice pipes.


German researchers concluded that liquorice, Glycyrrhizin, was so far the main weapon in the fight of SARS Virus.


EU origin protected the Calabrian liquorice.


Lakritsfabriken in Ramlösa launched its premium liquorice.


Lakritsfabriken made the world’s longest piece of liquorice measuring 519 meters. The record was recognised as the world record by Guiness World Records.