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Very young growth can be poisonous to animals.
The tender young shoots can be eaten raw in the spring[183, 257].
Root - raw or cooked[2, 46, 61, 203]. Long, sweet and fleshy, when slow roasted they are said to taste like sweet potatoes[183, 207]. They can be used as a flavouring in other foods and can also be chewed raw as a masticatory[177, 183, 212], making an excellent tooth cleaner and also very good for teething children. The root contains 6% glycyrrhizin, a substance that is 50 times sweeter than sugar.