I have just listened to The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4. The topic was liquorice and aniseed.
Jekka McVicar showed the presenter Sheila Dillon the many herbs with aniseed flavour. There was a visit to the Pontefract Liquorice Festival.
This programme is essential listening to all herby people. As a pharmacist I was impressed by Professor Jonathan Seckl of Edinburgh University, who has been researching the benefits of liquorice in alzheimers. The downside of liquorice is it increases blood pressure and they are trying to isolate the good effects of liquorice from this unwanted effect.
So you have tastes, a recipe from Jekka McVicars mother and the pharmaceutical indications (of which there are many), which makes this programme essential listening.
Go to the BBC homepage. Click on Radio 4 and then Listen Again to the Food Programme. David will probably tell you a more logical way of getting there, but it defeats me.
The direct link to the Food Programme web page is as follows
This link is a bit long to type so I suggest that you copy it and paste into your web browser.
This page gives you a bit more about the programme including Jekka's grandmother's recipe. You can also listen to the program over your computer (assuming that you are set up to do this). The old-fashioned way is to listen to the repeat on BBC Radio 4 at 4pm on Monday.
Audrey left out the most important fact about liquorice which is that it is used to colour Guinness!