Sassafras albidum, commonly known as sassafras, is a quintessential medium-sized tree that portrays beauty and elegance all seasons of the year. Its mature height ranges from 50 to 65 feet with a wide trunk and vast canopy.
Sassafras has greenish-yellow, mitten-shaped leaves that sit proudly over highly-poised branches. The fat terminal buds give rise to loose, droopy flowers that are yellow. The sassafras tree is dioecious i.e. male and female flowers are found on separate trees.
The whole plant, including stems, leaves, twigs, flowers, bark, root, and fruit are utilized in aromatic, culinary, and medicinal respects. It works wonders in reducing the swelling of the nose and throat; helps support urinary tract infections, syphilis, bronchitis, gout, hypertension, skin issues, arthritis, and even cancer. Sassafras tea is known to purify the blood, improve the systemic circulation, bolsters the deficient immune system, clears the blurred vision, and is a potent treatment for sprain too.
In the culinary field, the leaves and twigs can either be eaten raw or added to soups to spark some flavor. Its earthy flavor adds remarkable notes of anise and lemon to the dish, making the dish notably delicious.