Spice Collection

The Secret Source of Yummy Root Beer

A wild tree

Image by Randy Everette via Wikimedia

Go outside and find that sassafras trees grow wild in East Asia and the United States. The genus contains three species, and folks harvest its root to flavor and thicken foods.

The three main species of sassafras contain safrole, its active compound. One cup of tea contains high levels of safrole, and be…



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