File (Sassafras) Powder

£ 5.95

Gluten Free

Gluten free

Vegan & Vegetarian

Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly

100% Natural

100% natural

Packed in UK

Hand packed in UK

Filé Powder has a subtle flavour with tart, citrus notes. The powder is made from young leaves of the Sassafras Albidum tree and features within Louisianan and Creole Cuisine. The sassafras tree itself can grow up to 60 feet tall and has distinctive mitten-shaped leaves that turn brilliant colors in the fall.

File powder has been used by Native American tribes for centuries, particularly the Choctaw, as a seasoning and a medicine. This is where the word “file” comes from – the Choctaw word “hshikalaha,” meaning “sassafras.”

Filé is most commonly used to prepare Gumbos, where it adds essential flavour and texture. The powder is always added once the meat or vegetables have finished cooking for a more intense taste!
The use of file powder in Cajun and Creole cooking dates back to the 19th century, when it was used as a substitute for okra in gumbo during times when okra was not in season.


Reviews (9)

9 reviews for File (Sassafras) Powder

  1. Paul

    Quick to arrive, not easy to get File powder in Uk, and so essential for a gumbo

  2. Suzanne

    Thank you Seasoned Pioneers – I can now make authentic seafood gumbo like I used to have when I lived in New Orleans. The quality of your file is very good and I like the packaging. Many thanks!

  3. CF

    Used this for first time making gumbo – delicious, seems excellent quality, quick delivery.

    • DPDcomputer

      Thanks for the review!

  4. valturner4 (verified owner)

    Looking forward to using my file spice. Perfect little packet.
    Just the box for posting was rather large!
    Shipping cost could be less if it was sent in a different packet.
    But I’m happy to have found you. Great selection of products and I love the recipes.
    Thank you.

  5. William Flynn (verified owner)

    Third time I’ve ordered this for making gumbo. My recipe says its not an essential ingredient but I think it tastes much better with it.

  6. Geoffrey (verified owner)

    Very quick service. Not quite sure what I expected as it was part of a Gumbo recipe. Food turned out OK for a complete novice. Will definitely use this Company again.

  7. Domenico (verified owner)

    I have received the file powder, yesterday. I instantly made a chicken and sausage gumbo. Was delicious! Cheerz, Domenico

  8. Nathan (verified owner)

    Received the item fast, and well packaged. The only thing that I could complain about is the postage – it nearly cost the same as the item itself! I’ll be putting this to good use in a gumbo. So glad I can get this spice easily in the UK so I can make authentic gumbo. 🙂

    Seasoned Pioneers Response: Hi Nathan, we really wish we could send out orders for free! Sadly the high cost of sending a small parcel by Royal Mail means we cannot subsidise the postage charge. However, it is a one-off delivery charge for any size of spice order up to the value of £25 (above which delivery is free) so it is economical to order several spices at once. We sincerely hope that you continue to enjoy using our products in the future!

  9. Ian

    Hi, I have received my file powder. today I am making shrimp and okra gumbo. In the next few days it will be chicken and sausage FILE gumbo.
    in song – Ian.

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Gluten Free

Gluten free

Vegan & Vegetarian

Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly

100% Natural

100% natural

Packed in UK

Hand packed in UK

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