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  1. Pam

    So, what about sarsaparilla? Can you use that root to make root beer? I have that growing as well.
    I live in southern Vermont. We have both sassafras and sarsaparilla growing all over.
    Thanks for your article and your readers feedback!

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  2. Matthai V.

    Amazing. Tastes exactly like the root beer you’d get anywhere else. My mother and I personally enjoy this recipe the most, we just tasted it.
    However, we did make some small changes. We added in one peeled burdock root. We also cut that root so that it would distribute its flavor more. And lastly, we felt that the molasses is too overpowering. Anyone trying this recipe should cut down on it by 1/2.


  3. John

    I’ve not tried this recipe yet but in trying to work sassafras root into a root beer, I am always left with a really horrible bitter flavor. The smell is great, but the flavor is terrible no matter the sugar I use. How do you combat that or is it something that you accept?

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  4. Jeffrey T. Farinholt

    I have not yet, but will soon use this recipe. I have gathered many roots over the years and each time I happen to visit friends that have a yard with undisturbed vegetation, I begin looking for the sassafras small trees. Once a person finds one of these plants, it becomes an enjoyable search and find hobby. If just beginning to look for these plants, it helps to take a picture of the leaves along, just make sure leaves are still on the other trees in the forest as a typical rule of thumb, since the leaves fall off the plants here in Virginia around 30-45 days after the oak trees, for the winter season. The roots can run a long way under the ground surface so having a small digging tool will allow you to lightly wiggle the plant, watch the soil move around the roots and move the dirt with tool to continue gathering more roots. At some point, you will decide to cut and remove the plant and root. Even when the roots are small like sewing thread, they still carry that root beer smell. It is such a sweet natural smell. Now, in my experience, after I have gathered them, I will cut where the dirt line on the plant is, as the root beer smell above soil level is no longer present, the smell is only in the roots. This is just my rule of thumb. Good luck.

  5. Boyce Rensberger

    Which season is best for taking roots? Plants vary a lot in their content of various compounds depending on the season.

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