Made from the ground leaves of the native sassafras tree, gumbo filé powder has its roots in Choctaw cuisine. Later adopted as a thickener for gumbos and stews when okra was not in season, it has become a staple in Cajun and Creole cuisine. With its earthy, slightly citrusy aroma, we love it in soups, stews, jambalaya, and of course gumbo!
Contains: Sassafras, thyme.
- Botanical Name: Sassafras albidum, Thymus vulgaris
- Alternative Names: Filé
- Tasting Notes: Earthy, savory, citrus, herbal
- Pairs Well With: Seafood, vegetables, okra
- Try In: Gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish pie
- Special Tips: Gumbo filé is a powerful thickening agent and should be added after food has finished cooking. Many people use it as a table condiment to avoid over thickening