What is Filé? It is a spicy herb made from the dried and ground leaves of the sassafras tree. It also serves as a thickener for the gumbo. What does a sassafras tree look like? Here you go:
You'll notice I resisted the banal impulse to refer to the song...damn! Well played Jambalaya...
Cajun, the word, derives from the word "Acadian" and refers to those people and regions with French roots, language and culture. Acadians are from Canada. Mostly the Maritime provinces of PEI, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia but there are Acadians in Maine as well.
Cajuns are decendants of these exiled Acadians and as an ethnic group make up a large part of the state of Louisianna and surrounding states as I'm sure y'all know.
This is the flag of Acadia, which is basically a flag of France with a yellow star.
The Acadian flag was chosen in Miscouche, Prince Edward Island in 1884, during the second National Acadian Convention
I went to school with people from Mischouche (miss-CUSH) and they have a dandy soft ice cream bar there.
The red, white and blue symbolizes their motherland, France. The star represents...Mary? OK. Acadians are proud of their heritage and enthusiastically display their flag on a
I'd like to close with images of Acadia National Park in Maine. Acadians also came from Maine.
OK, I'm sorry, I couldn't end this post without mentioning the song. Who hasn't covered Hank Williams Sr's song "Jambalaya"? Here's my favourite.