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Efficient Native Flavor: Sassafras

by Justin Thomas •

Authentic root beer owes it distinctive flavor to Sassafras, a tree native to the eastern U.S. The root or root bark of sassafras can also used to make tea. The leaves are used for thickening sauces and soups, and when dried and ground are known as filĂ© powder, a spice used in Cajun, Creole, and other Louisiana cooking, such as …