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Sassafras albidum


young sassafras tree showing three types of leaves


oak hickory forest


Sassafras was used extensively for food and medicine by Native Americans long before European settlers arrived. Sassafras bark was one of the first exports of the New World. In the southern U.S., the roots were boiled, then combined with molasses, and allowed to ferment into the first ROOT BEER. The young leaves can be added to salads and have a mild aromatic flavor.

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Indiana, USA

Lat: 40.51, Long: -86.85

Spotted on Jun 5, 2011
Submitted on Jun 5, 2011


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