Liquorice has been selected as “Medicinal plant of the year 2012” because of its paramount importance to human well-being world-wide. The selection was made by a panel from TRAFFIC (a joint programme of IUCN and WWF), the University of Würzburg and WWF.
Liquorice comes mainly from the wild-collection of two perennial shrubs in the legume genus Glycyrrhiza – G. uralensis and G. glabra.
"Although these species are widely distributed in Eurasia, commercial harvest of the roots can be very destructive of naturally-occurring populations and their habitats," says Danna Leaman, Chair of the IUCN SSC Medicinal Plant Specialist Group.
The IUCN SSC Medicinal Plant Specialist Group has contributed, along with TRAFFIC and WWF to assessing the long-term sustainability of wild liquorice harvest through the development and application of the FairWild Standard. Read the full TRAFFIC press release