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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Liliales
Family: Smilacaceae
Genus: Smilax
Species: S. regelii
Binomial name
Smilax regelii
Killip & Morton

Sarsaparilla (Smilax regelii and other closely related species of Smilax) is a plant that comes in vine and, in the case of Aralia nudicaulis L., bush variants that bears roots with many useful properties. The vine has a long prickly stem and shiny leaves, and numerous reddish-brown roots up to 3 meters long. Several species of Smilax are used in agriculture, but the Jamaican S. regelii (syn. S. officinalis) is the species preferred for commercial use. Sarsaparilla is also grown in Mexico, Central America and parts of South America. It is also grown in parts of South India, known in Telugu as Sugandhi-pala, in Kannada as sogade beru and in Tamil as Nannaari. The primary uses of sarsaparilla include the flavoring of beverages, and homeopathic medicine. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 426 KB) Smilax aspera Author: David Gaya File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Sarsaparilla Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera... For other uses, see Scientific classification (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Plant (disambiguation). ... Classes Magnoliopsida - Dicots Liliopsida - Monocots The flowering plants or angiosperms are the most widespread group of land plants. ... Hemerocallis flower, with three flower parts in each whorl Wheat, an economically important monocot The monocotyledons or Monocots are a group of flowering plants, (angiosperms) dominating great parts of the earth. ... Families Alstroemeriaceae Campynemataceae Colchicaceae Corsiaceae Liliaceae Luzuriagaceae Melanthiaceae Philesiaceae Ripogonaceae Smilacaceae Liliales is an order of monocotyledonous flowering plants. ... Genera Heterosmilax Nemexia - Carrion-flowers Petermannia Smilax - Greenbriers The Smilacaceae is a plant family formerly included in the Liliaceae (lily family) but now regarded as a distinct segregate family, allied to the Dioscoreaceae (yam family). ... Species See list of Smilax species Smilax is a genus of about 200 species of climbing flowering plants, many of which are woody and/or thorny in the monocotyledon family Smilacaceae, native throughout the tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Species See list of Smilax species Smilax is a genus of about 200 species of climbing flowering plants, many of which are woody and/or thorny in the monocotyledon family Smilacaceae, native throughout the tropical and warm temperate regions of the world. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Root (disambiguation). ... Stem showing internode and nodes plus leaf petiole and new stem rising from node. ... Look up foliage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... “Telugu” redirects here. ... “Kannada” redirects here. ... Tamil ( ; IPA ) is a Dravidian language spoken predominantly by Tamils in India and Sri Lanka, with smaller communities of speakers in many other countries. ... Flavouring (or flavoring) is a product which is added to food in order to change or augment its taste. ... The word drink is primarily a verb, meaning to ingest liquids, see Drinking. ... Homeopathy (also spelled homœopathy or homoeopathy), from the Greek words homoios (similar) and pathos (suffering), is a controversial system of alternative medicine involving the use of remedies without chemically active ingredients. ...

Before processing, the roots are bitter, sticky, and have a strong odor. They are dried and boiled in order to produce the extract. In beverages, oil of wintergreen or other flavors 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 extract used in the more popular, commercial brands. Boiling, a type of phase transition, is the rapid vaporization of a liquid, which typically occurs when a liquid is heated to its boiling point, the temperature at which the vapor pressure of the liquid is equal to the pressure exerted on the liquid by the surrounding atmospheric pressure. ... Methyl salicylate (chemical formula C6H4(HO)COOCH3; also known as salicylic acid methyl ester, oil of wintergreen, betula oil, methyl-2-hydroxybenzoate) is a natural product of many species of plants. ... A glass of root beer with foam Root beer is a beverage popularized in North America that comes in two forms: alcoholic and soft drink. ... Birch beer is a carbonated soft drink made from herbal extracts, usually from birch bark. ...

A carbonated sarsaparilla beverage produced by several different companies in Australasia is called Sars. A sarsaparilla-flavored drink in the South East Asia is named Sarsi, but it is not commercially linked to the Australasian Sars. Australasia Australasia is a term variably used to describe a region of Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean. ...

Sarsaparilla in carbonated beverage form is available in the United Kingdom, produced for over 115 years by Fitzpatrick's Herbal Health, Britain's "Last Original Temperance Bar", noted for being the oldest known producer of the Sarsaparilla drink.[1] Traditionally (and especially in Lancashire England), bars produced by the Temperance Society originally advocated a moderate approach to life, especially in regard to the consumption of alcohol, but later moved toward abstinance entirely. ...

In the United States, Target Stores has released a naturally and artificially flavored Sarsaparilla soda under the Archer Farms label.

Sasparilla vs Sarsaparilla

Although the terms "sasparilla" and "sarsaparilla" are often used interchangeably, of the two terms sarsaparilla is the correct one to use as the other is a misspelling.

See also

Sarsi is a sarsaparilla based soft drink sold in the Philippines, and considered as the number one root beer brand in the market. ...


  1. ^ Welcome to Fitzpatricks. Retrieved on 2006-09-20.

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Sarsaparilla - LoveToKnow 1911 (993 words)
Sarsaparilla still has a popular reputation as an "alterative," but it has been examined and tested in every manner known to modern medical science, and is professionally regarded as "pharmacologically inert and therapeutically useless." The varieties of sarsaparilla met with in commerce are the following: Jamaica, Lima, Honduras, Guatemala, Guayaquil and Mexican.
Sarsaparilla is grown to a small extent in Jamaica, and is occasionally exported thence to the London market in small quantities, but its orange colour and starchy bark are so different in appearance from the thin reddish-brown bark of the genuine drug, that it does not meet with a ready sale.
Guayaquil sarsaparilla is obtained chiefly in the valley of Alausi, on the western side of the equatorial Andes.
Database Entry: Sarsaparilla - Smilax officinalis, Sarsaparilla, Smilax aristolochiaefolia, Smilax glabra, ... (3635 words)
Sarsaparilla vine should not be confused with the large sasparilla and sassafras trees (the root and bark of which were once used to flavor root beer).
Sarsaparilla root also was used as a general tonic by indigenous tribes in South America, where New World traders found it and introduced it into European medicine in the 1400s.
In addition, this patent indicated sarsaparilla was shown to be a preventative and therapeutic agent for respiratory and allergic diseases such as acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma, asthmatic bronchitis, and chronic bronchitis.
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