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Featured Herb: Filé Powder
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 03:53:21 AM »
The popular Hank Williams song from the 'fifties goes, "Jambalaya, crawfish pie,..., filé gumbo..." The famous filé powder (pronounced “fee-lay”) from the song refers to a spice made from the dried, ground leaves of the sassafras tree. Filé powder is a key ingredient for Cajun and Creole cuisine, especially gumbo, where it is added as a seasoning and thickening agent.

Generations before the Cajuns arrived in Louisiana, Choctaw Indians were using the ground leaf of the native sassafras tree in their soups and stews. Filé powder (pronounced [FEE-lay]) smells like eucalyptus, and has a distinctive "citrus" flavor. The earthy taste of filé powder is similar to thyme combined with savory.

Filé powder will lend a unique flavor to stews, sauces and other hearty dishes. Use filé powder to thicken soups or sauces. Sprinkle filé powder over gumbo as a seasoning and a thickening agent, stirring it in at the end of your cooking. Don't let the filé powder come to a boil - it will cause the broth to become stringy.  Some Cajun cooking enthusiasts pass little bottles of filé powder and Tabasco at the dinner table, and let guests sprinkle both to their hearts' content.

Herm & HannaH's 100% pure “beyond organic” Filé Powder is wildcrafted in the isolated  woods of the Ozark Mountains and dried and powdered by Herman Beck-Chenoweth. Do not confuse this with cheap imitations sometimes called “Creole Seasoning” or gumbo filé.  Many of the products sold by others (even usually reliable companies like Frontier) cut their powder with cheaper herbs such as thyme or even cornstarch and salt.

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