Trees are important in our lives for so many reasons. Not just for shade, not just for their beauty, or the wood they provide for our houses and fuel, or the fruit that grows on them.
Have you ever heard of the sassafras?
Here's one in Binghamton, New York.
The sassafras is a small tree or large shrub - use whichever term you prefer. We had several on the property in Arkansas we lived on many years ago. You can tell the tree by its distinctive leaves, some of which look like mittens and some have three "fingers"- and, if you dig up a root, it smells just like root beer (which, at least most times, is a non alcoholic drink with a distinctive taste).
That isn't by accident. At one time, root beer came from an extract of sassafras, but one of the chemicals in the root, safrole, is known to be a carcinogen in animals. In days past, many used to drink a spring tonic type tea made from the roots or bark.
I love root beer.
Medicinal uses. The flavoring (at one time) of root beer. What is there not to like?
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