Sassafras albidum (Sassafras) - Lauraceae
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"Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher amio"

Hank Williams, Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees is a deciduous tree, native to eastern North America from Ontario east to Maine, and south to Florida and west to Texas. The roots have been used to make root beer. Sassafras is also used in Cajun cooking. Gumbos are flavoured with filé (fillet) powder, which is composed of dried and ground sassafras leaves.

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