Ground Sassafras Leaf

1 - 6 jars
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$34
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$34.00 to $110.00

Product Information

PRODUCT INFO

A key component in Cajun & Creole cooking, ground sassafras leaf (also known as filé powder or gumbo filé, though that sometimes includes some ground thyme) is used both as an herb and a thickener. Its flavor is herbaceous, earthy, spicy, and a little sweet.

The use of the dried & ground leaves of the North American sassafras (sassafras albidum) in food goes back hundreds of years. Its use in the Cajun & Creole recipes it is associated with today probably was picked up from Native American cultures (most notably the Choctaw) who were using it prior to European colonization.

The most well-known sassafras/file powder dishes are gumbo & jambalaya.

STORAGE

Store ground sassafras leaf in an airtight container in a cool, dark, dry place.

RECIPES & TIPS

Ground sassafras can be used as a thickener or seasoning. Its flavor is potent, so a little goes a long way when using it. To thicken with sassafras, add it to liquids (soups or stews) before simmering/boiling them.