Weight: 1.6 oz. - 1/2 Cup Jar
File Powder, File Gumbo, File Spice and Gumbo File Powder, all different names for the same wonderful ground up sassafras leaves used almost exclusively in thickening gumbo. The word "file" comes from the French word "filer" meaning, "to turn into threads" or "to be made ropy." When File Powder is used in a gumbo, it can become stringy if added too soon or left to continue cooking over the heat.
It usually only takes about 5 minutes to thicken up a gumbo, so you don't have to be too patient in waiting to eat it!