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Foraging Wild Sassafras

64 Parishes heads to Kisatchie National Forest to forage for wild sassafras, from which filé is made, with John Colson and Dustin Fuqua.

The various peoples who have called Louisiana home over the centuries have taught each other how to harvest wild sassafras leaves to make filé, one of the quintessential ingredients of Louisiana cuisine. Overharvesting now threatens this resource and its associated folkways, but with proper stewardship, it can be preserved for future generations of Louisianans. 64 Parishes joined John Colson and Dustin Fuqua in Kisatchie National Forest for a look at this definitively Louisiana cultural tradition.