Definition

Asafoetida is a dried latex that is extracted from various species of Ferula plants. This ingredient is used as a flavor enhancer in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, and has various medicinal properties. Asafoetida has a flavour reminiscent of leeks.

Health considerations

Asafoetida has been shown to induce regeneration of nerve fibers, reduce diarrhaea and reduce smooth muscle contraction. Though some studies have shown that at low doses, this compound can benefit nerve function, but at high doses asafoetida can be toxic to nerve cells.

May be found in

Middle Eastern cuisine, Indian cuisine, condiments, pickles

References

Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Annals of Medical and Health Sciences Research
Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences

Alternative Spellings and Names

Asafetida, Ferula assa-foetida, Asant, Giant fennel, Jowani badian, Stinking gum, Devil’s dung, Hing, Kayam, Ting

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