While in Richmond today I bought a piece of liquorice root. Not to chew, but as a bushcrafters, to use for fire craft.
A 1 inch piece was broken off the end and shredded. I added nothing to it to help.
The shredded part took a spark on the second attempt and had a lovely flame going. I didn't add any further kindling to it, I just wanted to see if it would work as a tinder, and it did. Magnificently. The whole 1 inch piece burnt away with a wonderful smell.
Next time I pass an olde English sweet shop or chemist I'll pick up some more.
Sorry can't add pictures till next week as we're still in the tin tent with poor signal.
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