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Common Names: Hing, devil's dung, food of the gods

 

Asafoetida Powder, or the Latin Ferula assa-foetida, is a perennial plant with hollow stems and unbrel-shaped yellow flowers. The stems of these natural herbs can reach to six to ten feet tall. But be warned–the uncooked scent is not pleasant. Perhaps this is why Asafoetida Powder was given a common name of devil’s dung. On the other hand, because it produces an onion/garlic flavor when cooked, other cultures have called it the food of the gods.

The stems and roots of asafoetida excrete a sap that, when dried, produces a gum that is turned into a powder form of these quality herbs. In addition to cooking,  Asafoetida Powder may help to decrease flatulence, as an aid to digestion, and in asthma relief.

In Indian and Persian cuisines this herbs is used to flavor pickles and it often finds its way into foods of these nations as a condiment. To cook with Asafoetida Powder, one would heat oil or butter in a pan and then add a small amount of the asafoetida dried herbs to the fat to saute. Dishes featuring vegetables or lentils are the usual ones in which ferula assa-foetida herbs are used to best effect. For those who cannot eat onion or garlic yet enjoy the taste, asafoetida herbs can take their flavorful place. Because of its strong scent when uncooked, asafoetida powder is wise to store it in an airtight container so that it does not impart its aroma to other nearby food products.

 

Magical/Occult: Said to keep off diseases, evil spells, conjure work, and interfering law officers.

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Disclaimer: The information presented here is for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with a qualified healthcare provider before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, have any medical conditions or prescribed to medication.
 

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