File Powder

Gumbo File Powder, Organic Powdered Sassafras Leaves

Categories: Cajun, Organic Spices
Gumbo File Powder, Organic Powdered Sassafras Leaves

Gumbo file powder is a necessity for cooking authentic Creole or Cajun cuisine. Quite simply, gumbo file powder is the powdered leaves of the sassafras tree. When ground, they have a rich, cooling smell, reminiscent of eucalyptus crossed with juicy fruit gum.

Long before the use of file powder for Creole and Cajun cooking, American Indians pounded sassafras leaves into a powder and added them to soups and stews. In addition to contributing an unusual flavor, the powder also acts as a thickener when added to liquid. This is what gives gumbo its traditional slippery texture.

Ground, in a glass shaker jar
  • In a 1/2 cup shaker jar, net wt. 1.5 oz.
  • $4.99
  • In a 1 cup jar, net wt 3 oz
  • $7.99
Ground, in a resealable bag
  • 1 oz.
  • $2.69
  • 1/2 cup shaker jar refill, net wt. 1.5 oz.
  • $3.74
  • 4 oz.
  • $7.99
  • 8 oz.
  • $14.29