True Gumbo

True Gumbo

We are serious about it when we say “We put the YUM in Gumbo”- let us tell you why :

In addition to lycopene-rich tomatoes and loads of healthy fresh vegetables, Vegetable Kingdom Gumbo contains a Cajun trinity of Roux, File, and Okra.

To define:

Roux is a combination of flour and oil, smoothly blended and cooked to perfection. We do this with time and patience so that you, our customer, are rewarded. There is nothing like the smell of a true roux in the works and nothing like the richness that it places into our kettles.

File, a French word pronounced “fee-lay” is the dehydrated and ground leaf of the Sassafras tree. Wikipedia has a fascinating explanation of the origins and glory of this species.

For our explanation here, the following is most relevant:

Sassafras albidum is an important ingredient in some distinct foods of the United States.The ground leaves of sassafras are a distinctive additive in Louisiana Creole cuisine (see the article on Filé powder, and a common thickening and flavoring agent in gumbo). Methods of cooking with sassafras combine this ingredient native to America with traditional North American as well as European culinary techniques, to create a unique blend of Creole cuisine, and are thought by some to be heavily influenced by a blend of cultures.

Okra or Okro, known in many English-speaking countries as ladies’ fingers, ochro or gumbo, is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is valued for its edible green seed pods. (also Wikipedia)

You will find our Gumbo to be a traditional Louisiana-style meal, deeply complex, rich, and satisfying.

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