Gumbo filé is the powdered, dried leaves of the sassafras tree. This tree is native to the east coast from Maine to Florida and stretches west along the Gulf Coast to Mexico. The Choctaw Indians first used sassafras as a seasoning. When the French Canadians went south to Louisiana, they quickly adapted the Choctaw methods of using sassafras in cooking.
Sassafras roots use to be an essential ingredient of root beer.
Gumbo filé powder is the essential flavoring and thickening ingredient of gumbo and can also be used to perk up sauces and gravies. Gumbo filé is generally added after the dish has been removed from the heat, but before it cools as it becomes stringy when cooked.
The amount of product in the jar you receive is considered the net weight. We have provided that net weight after the jar size, ex: Small glass jar (net 1.25oz). To give you a better understanding of the jar size, see the fluid ounce measurements below.
The small glass bottles hold 2 fluid ounces. The plastic lids have a flip top with a small pour spout.
Medium glass bottles hold 4 fluid ounces. The plastic lids have a split flip top. One side has a larger opening and the other side is a shaker.
Large glass bottles hold 12 fluid ounces. The plastic lids have a split flip top. On side has a larger opening and the other side is a shaker.
All bottles meet FDA requirements for food applications and are 100% recyclable. You can purchase all of our bottles from the Containers section of Spice Ware on this website.
Purchase in bottles:
(net 1.50 oz)
Once you have bought bottles from us, you can then purchase refills for those bottles.
This saves you money by not having to buy the jar again and reducing the shipping weight.
Choose from the three bottle sizes and you will receive a bag containing the correct amount of product
to fill your bottle at home. The bags are sealable and will be labeled with the product name, uses, and
ingredients if applicable. The bags meet FDA requirements for food applications.
They are 100% recyclable and can be put in with all other plastics recycled at home.
Purchase bottle refills (in bags):
Medium glass refill
(net 1.50 oz)
The sassafras tree is native to the East Coast from Maine to Florida and stretching west along the Gulf Coast to Mexico.