sassafras

Pronunciation: [SAS-uh-fras]

The leaves of the native North American sassafras (albidum or variifolium) tree, which are dried and used to make filé powder and sassafras tea. The root bark is used as a flavoring agent in root beer.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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