Did you know that Owensboro, Kentucky is the home of the world's largest Sassafras Tree? Well, it is. This natural wonder is almost 300 years old and it measures over 100 feet tall with over 21 feet in circumference. It is one of the first things we came to find during our relocation and home search.
It was very interesting especially for my husband and son, as my son is an Arborist and together they have planted over 1000 trees just this year. This natural wonder right in the heart of Owensboro, Ky is located on Fredericka Street which is one of the busiest streets and a main thoroughfare in town.
Call or email me,Vickie McCartney, if you are coming this way, I would love to take you to see it! It really is pretty amazing to see.
I have included a recipe from wikipedia for sassafras tea from this wonderful tree. First, You will need to find a "sassafras tree." It is usually found in cool damp shady areas in the southern united states and can be smelled. It has a unique leaf pattern of one leaf the next has two because of a split on the side and the third three parts to the leaf because of the splits. Look up online to find a picture of the plant. The roots of the plant runs underground connecting to the next plant.
#1 Go ahead and Dig up the roots, wash and cut into 2 to 3 inch pieces.
#2 then you will need to let dry for a week or so. The longer the curing process the better the flavor but they may have a shelf life of a season or so.
#3 You will need to boil 4 to 7 pieces of the root in a quart of water for twenty or so and let steep.
#4 Then go ahead and add sugar the same amount of sugarthat you would add to that of regular Iced Tea and let cool down.
#5 Now, go ahead and add more water to make it a gallon and enjoy.
#6 If you want to make your tea stronger or sweeter add more or less roots / sugar. Enjoy!
Vickie McCartney,Realtor Home Realty GMAC~ Owensboro, Kentucky