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A gum resin, the inspissated exudate from the root of Ferula foetida (family Umbelliferae); malodorous material used as a repellent against dogs, cats, and rabbits, and formerly used as an antispasmodic; in Asia, used as a condiment and flavoring agent.
[Pers. aza, mastic, + L. fetidus, fetid]




1. Any of several plants of the genus Ferula in the parsley family, native to dry regions in Iran and Afghanistan and having long, sturdy, hollow stems and roots yielding a brownish, strong-smelling resin.
2. The resin obtained from these plants, especially from the species Ferula assa-foetida, used as an ingredient in medicine and remedies and as a seasoning in South Asian cuisine.

asafetida (a·s·feˑ·t·d),

n Latin name:
Ferrula ass-afoetida; part used: an oleogum-resin obtained from the root; uses: relieves cramps, spasms, promotes digestion, relieves and removes gas, promotes bowel evacuation, induces relaxation, induces removal of mucous secre-tions within the lungs, relieves pain, increases sexual desire, removes intestinal worms; precautions: can cause methemoglobinemia. Also called
a wei, devil's dung, ferula, food of the gods, and


gum-resin from the rhizome of the plant Ferula asafoetida. Has an atrocious smell. Used as a carminative and expectorant and to prevent bandage chewing and as a repellent to dogs and cats.
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Tucker tells me on good authority that there is no living asafetida in the US.
Browse the shelves and you'll find garam masala, tamarind paste and fenugreek seeds alongside mysterious powders such as asafetida and amchur.
When the oil is very hot,put in first the asafetida and then, in quick succession, the mustard and cumin seeds, the chillies, the fenugreek seeds and,lastly, the curry leaves.
Common spices are saffron, turmeric, asafetida, garlic, ginger, onion, vanilla, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, fenugreek, mustard, nutmeg, mace, dhal, and clove.
Asafetida (Ferula assa-foetida, Apiaceae) is another medicinal plant from the cold deserts that is very important in Eastern medicine (see photo on page 342).
But up till then - and as long as the pines and moss, asafetida and herbs, kept on whispering their charms to her - she claimed a right to her men friends, and a right not to end up as somebody's mama.
Cumin, coriander; chervil, sage, asafetida, caraway seeds, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sea, salt, kosher salt, pepper; dill, Italian parsley, allspice, clove, baking powder, baking soda, cilantro, lavender, paprika, basil, rosemary, thyme, cocoa, ginger, brown sugar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, turmeric, black mustard seeds, tamarind, garam masala, pumpkin seeds, honey.
She also reported using aloe, asafetida, catnip, garlic, lemon, and turpentine as remedies during the preceding year and recalled previous use of briar root, chinaberry, corn shucks, and pine as remedies.
Only they would know how to connect the heart of a red watermelon to the asafetida bag to the muscadine to the flashlight .
Kaimal has created three flavors based on the original ingredients: Lightly Salted, Seeded Multigrain, and Sweet Chili, which has a lasting spicy-garlic kick that comes from the Asian spice asafetida.
For the sambhaar powder: 3 dried red chilis 3 tablespoons black mustard seeds 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 1 tablespoon white lentils 1 tablespoon yellow split peas 2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds 2 teaspoons cracked black peppercorns 40 curry leaves For the green beans: 3 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon black mustard seeds 3 dried red chilis 8 curry leaves, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon asafetida 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 12 ounces green beans, and cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 teaspoon sambhaar powder 1 cup water Salt to taste
The last of the three volume series covers herbs and spices such as asafetida, capers, carambola to perilla and many more.