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Looking for File Gumbo Powder

lfitzgraham Oct 28, 2009 10:40 AM

Does anyone know where you can get File Gumbo Powder (for making Gumbo) in the Boston area? Preferably downtown or south of the city. Thanks!

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    macadamianut Oct 29, 2009 01:04 PM

    Try Marty's Liquors on Washington Street in Newton. I bought some there last month.

    Marty's Liquors
    675 Washington St, Newton, MA 02458

    1. StriperGuy Oct 29, 2009 12:02 PM

      Cause I am a trouble maker. You could certainly make your own.

      Sassafras grows wild just about everywhere in New England.

      Collect leaves.


      Pulverize in a coffee grinder...

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        Eatin in Woostah Oct 29, 2009 02:34 PM

        Oooh, agreed. And it's so much more fragrant than the dried/pre-pulverized stuff you get in the grocery store.

        If you're buying in a grocery, I'd go with Zatarain's.

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        Aaron Kagan Oct 29, 2009 11:22 AM

        Debra's in West Concord (by the commuter rail) definitely has it, but the absolute best source I've ever heard of is here:


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          pemma Oct 29, 2009 05:54 AM

          If you don't want to go to Arlington you can order from Penzey's online.

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            phatchris Oct 28, 2009 01:19 PM

            Pretty sure Whole Foods has it.

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              trufflehound Oct 28, 2009 01:31 PM

              I've gotten the Paul Prudhomme brand at WF.

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                bostonbroad Oct 28, 2009 01:39 PM

                I have a store brand (I think the 365 brand) from WF.

              2. BarmyFotheringayPhipps Oct 28, 2009 10:45 AM

                I've seen it at Penzey's on Mass Ave in Arlington and Christina's in Inman Square, Cambridge.

                1. ecwashere7 Oct 28, 2009 10:45 AM

                  I would try Christina's Spice and Specialty Foods in Inman Square, Cambridge (next to East Coast Grill). I know its not south of the city, but they're supposed to be a good option. Otherwise, there are always online purveyors.

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