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


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