Asafoetida

Asafoetida, also known as devil's dung, stinking gum, asant, food of the gods, and giant fennel, is the dried gum exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula. The species is native to Afghanistan mountains and are imported to India where it is known as Hing. Asafoetida has a pungent, unpleasant smell when raw, but in cooked dishes, it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks. Asafoetida is known for reducing the growth of indigenous microflora in the gut, reducing flatulence. It is therefore an essential ingredient for cooking bean dishes. It is a..

Read more.....