The genus Glycyrrhiza includes about 20 species with G. glabra being the most recognized. The licorice plant is a legume, native to southern Europe, Central Asia, and parts of China. It is an herbaceous perennial, growing to 1 meter in height with an extensive branching root system growing horizontally underground. Licorice extracts and derivatives are made from the roots and underground stems of the plant. Also known as “sweet root”; licorice root contains Glycyrrhizic Acid, a natural compound 50 times sweeter than sucrose.