Monday, June 20, 2011
COLBY AS FOODIE: SASSAFRAS SODA
After our urban foraging workshop, Kenny and I decided to head back to the woods and recover a much coveted sassafras sapling we discovered on the hike. Root in hand, we hoped to make homemade soda. With only our bare hands and a snow shovel it was a difficult job to say the least. . . but well worth it. Add sassafras soda to a little home-brewed burdock root extract and you have a pretty good mixer.
A note of warning: in the 1960s the government declared the active ingredient in sassafras, "safrole" to be a carcinogen. While many dispute this claim, it may be wise to listen to the Cherokee Indians who first introduced Sassafras to colonists: don't drink it for more than a week at a time.