Ground Sassafras Leaves
Ground Sassafras Leaves

Sassafras Powder

Oddly, this plant is best known in two cuisines: Canadian and Creole. What?!

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Native American tribes along the east coast and areas east of the Mississippi first used Sassafras. Used for stews and drinks the ground sassafras leaves impart a lemonade-like flavor much like sorrel does, but with hints of camphor and old wood. It’s used as a souring agent in food and has a natural sweetness to it. If during cooking you smell a hint of root beer it is because sassafras is the original root beer flavor.

Ground sassafras is also used in a thickening agent called filé powder and is a most often used in gumbo where the sassafras powder develops a mucilaginous quality when added to hot liquids. The resulting texture is robust and silky.

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IngredientsSassafras Leaves
Recommended ApplicationsTraditionally used in the Gumbo File spice blend and in Creole Cuisine. Sassafras powder is used for its unique flavor and is sometimes used as a thickening agent.
Basic PreparationReady to use as is, no preparation is necessary.
CuisineAmerican, Cajun, Canadian, Creole, North American
Product StylePowder
Taste & AromaAcidic & Fruity, Citrus, Sweet
Shelf Life2 Years
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
Country of OriginUnited States
Dietary PreferencesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Allergen InformationNone Specified


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