Gumbo File Powder

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A mainstay thickener and flavor of Creole cuisine and in particular its use in gumbo. One of the few uses of sassafras outside of root beer.

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What is file powder? Filé powder is the term used for ground sassafras root. The root and leaves of the sassafras tree were used by Native Choctaw Indians before also being incorporated as part of the motley blend that is Creole cooking.

The flavor is similar to root beer (the flavor of which comes from sassafras root) and has woodsy, rosemary-like notes to it. Filé powder is often used as a thickener more than a flavoring agent. This is particularly true for gumbo, a traditional Creole dish. When in season, okra is used to thicken gumbo and filé powder is used when it isn’t.

Additional Info

Country of OriginUnited States
Dietary NotesNo
QualitiesAll Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
Handling / StorageStore in a cool, dry place.
Shelf Life2 years
CuisineAmerican, Cajun, Creole
Product StylePowder
Basic PreparationJust prior to serving and immediately after the dish is removed from heat, stir in this Gumbo File Seasoning for fantastic flavor.
Recommended ApplicationsThis Gumbo File Seasoning is the perfect blend of spices if you are looking to enhance flavor and introduce a thickening agent to your favorite gumbo recipe!
IngredientsSassafras leaves and thyme.


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