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Sassafras Root Bark Powder
0.25 lbs

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Sassafras albidum


This North American species of sassafras provides spectacular fall color for east coast residents of Canada and the U.S., as well as food and lodging for various birds and the spicebush swallowtail butterfly. Up until the mid-1970s, the shoot and roots of this tree were used to flavor root beer soft drinks, but has since been banned in the U.S. because its main constituent, safrole, was found to be carcinogenic. The dried leaf, however, is safely and deliciously used in Creole and Cajun cooking as a component of file and gumbo seasoning blends. Sassafras root bark is also used to flavor beverages and to produce natural fragrances and dyes.

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