Before treatment, the roots are bitter, sticky, and have no smell. Then they are dried and boiled in order to produce the extract. For use in beverages, oil of wintergreen or other flavours may be added in order to mask the natural bitterness of the root. Root beer made from sarsaparilla roots is generally more "birchy" than the more popular, commercial brands.
A popular carbonated sarsaparilla beverage in Queensland, Australia is called Sars. It was named before the health
Sarsaparilla is available in England, produced, for over 115 years, by the "Fitzpatrick's", Britain's "Last original Temperance Bar".
Sasparilla vs Sarsaparilla
Although the terms "sasparilla" and "sarsaparilla" are often used interchangeably, the two terms are sometimes used to distinguish Smilax sp. from Aralia nudicaulis. However, definitions are not universally fixed, and both "sasparilla" and "sarsaparilla" are used to refer to either Smilax sp. or A. nudicaulis.
A. nudicalis is a herbaceous perennial that looks very much like ginseng and is in fact related.
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