Edible: Sassafras [Sassafras albidum]

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20 Sassafras trunk Sassafras trunk. Note horizontal cuts in bark.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 04, 2001
21 Sassafras shoot Sassafras shoot. Note upward arching of branches.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 04, 2001
22 Sassafras root Sassafras root. Biggest we’ve ever pulled.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Mar 04, 2001
7 Sassafras Sassafras. Wildman pointing out ridges in the bark.
Source: Central Park, Mar 19, 2000
28 Sassafras Sassafras.
Source: Central Park, May 08, 2005
29 Sassafras Sassafras.
Source: Central Park, May 08, 2005
8 Sassafras Sassafras. Root can make tea. Dried leaves can make filé.
Source: Alley Pond Park (Woods), Queens, May 14, 2000
30 Sassafras Sassafras. Three types of leaves.
Source: Central Park, May 30, 2005
9 Sassafras leaves Sassafras leaves. They come in three types.
Source: Central Park, Jun 10, 2000
10 One of the tour participants smelling the sasasfras root she pulled One of the tour participants smelling the sasasfras root she pulled.
Source: Central Park, Jun 10, 2000
11 Sassafras Sassafras. Note three different shapes of leaves.
Source: Central Park, Jul 02, 2000
23 Sassafras tree trunk Sassafras tree trunk.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2001
24 Sassafras leaves Sassafras leaves.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2001
31 Sassafras root Sassafras root. Boil it for tea.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2011
32 Sassafras Sassafras. All three leaf shapes are visible.
Source: Forest Park, Queens, Jul 04, 2011
33 Wildman holds up sassafras leaves and explains the three shapes that can have Wildman holds up sassafras leaves and explains the three shapes that can have.
Source: Inwood Park, Manhattan, Jul 17, 2011
34 Sassafras root Sassafras root.
Source: Inwood Park, Manhattan, Jul 17, 2011
35 Sassafras leaves Sassafras leaves. Leaves also good in spring.
Source: Inwood Park, Manhattan, Jul 17, 2011
12 Sassafras tree Sassafras tree. Note three leaf shapes.
Source: Central Park, Jul 29, 2000
13 Sassafras root Sassafras root. Can make tea from it. Flavor is in the cambium, the outer layer on the root.
Source: Central Park, Jul 29, 2000
25 Sassafras Sassafras.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 29, 2001
26 Sassafras leaves Sassafras leaves.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 29, 2001
27 Sassafras Sassafras.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Jul 29, 2001
14 Sassafras leaves Sassafras leaves.
Source: Central Park, Aug 20, 2000
15 Wildman holding sassafras root Wildman holding sassafras root.
Source: Central Park, Aug 20, 2000
16 Sassafras Sassafras
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Sep 02, 2000
17 Sassafras root Sassafras root. Boil for tea.
Source: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Sep 02, 2000
1 Sassafras Sassafras. Well, the leaves had all fallen, and the camera would never have focused on the twigs of the little ones, so I took pictures of some trunks. This one the flash came on.
Source: Cunningham Park, Queens, Nov 14, 1999
2 Sassafras Sassafras. Then I tried one with the flash turned off.
Source: Cunningham Park, Queens, Nov 14, 1999
3 Sassafras Sassafras. A bigger trunk with the flash on. The camera has a tendency to overexpose flash pictures.
Source: Cunningham Park, Queens, Nov 14, 1999
4 Sassafras Sassafras. So I took one with the flash off. But with the longer exposure time, and hand holding the camera, it is a bit blurred.
Source: Cunningham Park, Queens, Nov 14, 1999
18 Sassafras tree trunk Sassafras tree trunk
Source: Central Park, Nov 19, 2000
19 Sassafras saplings Sassafras saplings
Source: Central Park, Nov 19, 2000
5 Sassafras Sassafras. Leaves are gone, but note the upward branching.
Source: Central Park, Nov 21, 1999
6 Sassafras Sassafras. Wildman tries to eat some.
Source: Central Park, Nov 21, 1999

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