Natural Wakulla August 9, 2018: Sassafras was once the base for root beer

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The media is inundated with soft drink advertisements targeting active summer youth. Some ads state or imply the consumers of these concoctions are adventurous, sophisticated, or just happy.
It is truly amazing what can be accomplished with some carbonated water, sweetener, and flavoring. The sassafras tree was the source of one such flavoring in Wakulla County.
Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses. Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago.

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