asafoetida

Definition

Food

  • A rather unpleasant hard resin obtained from the root or stem latex of some species of Ferula, F. asafoetida, F. narthex, which grow in Afghanistan and Iran. The powdered form is used sparingly in Indian cookery, and the taste improves when it is briefly fried in hot oil. Also known as devil’s dung for obvious reasons. The related garden plant is highly poisonous.
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