Gumbo File Seasoning
We take premium, fine ground, woodsy green powder of sassafras and combine it with ground thyme for our traditional Gumbo File.
Ready to use. Add to taste.
Storage & handling
Store in a dry, cool place.
File powder, made from ground dried sassafras leaves, is an integral part of Creole and Cajun cuisine cooking used to flavor and thicken gumbos and other dishes. Gumbo is a stew commonly thickened by the seedpods of okra, the flour-to-fat mixture roux and file powder. It usually contains varied and seasonal meats, seafood and vegetables including celery, peppers and onion-the "holy trinity" of Cajun and Creole cooking. We combine dried ground sassafras leaves with ground thyme for a woodsy, herbaceous seasoning for flavoring and thickening dishes for our Gumbo File.
Like much of Creole and Cajun cuisine and culture, Gumbo draws influences from many different cultures that settled in Louisiana, including African, French, German and Spanish. However, the addition of file powder is owed to the native Choctaw, who were the first to use ground sassafras as seasoning. Besides its sweet anise-like flavor, sassafras is has been used for centuries to relieve fevers and as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial herb.
There are countless variations of gumbo, but among the commonalities is they are thickened with a traditional roux and use Gumbo Filé. Our natural filé provides an extra boost of herbaceous, savory flavor along with the spicy complexity of our chipotle Creole rub blend.