Asafoetida (aka. Food of the Gods, Devil's Dung) is a soft opaque orange-tan resin originating from a dessert plant within the Ferula genus originally native to Persia. Asafoetida is commonly used as a culinary spice in the East (Food of the Gods), as opposed to its traditional European use in banishing and exorcism incense in the west (Devil's Dung). Asafoetida burns quite cleanly when place upon a hot charcoal. Raw Asafoetida has an overpowering scent that will usually fill a room by just exposing it to the air. The aroma is intensified even more when heated or burnt upon a hot charcoal. Asafoetida smells much like a creamy curry and becomes more appealing as it cooks, similar to how the scent of raw onions change when they are fried in a pan. Asafoetida shares lineage with Gum of Amon and Galbanum. It is associated with the Earth element and Saturn is thought to be its celestial body.
Kingdom: Group: Family: Genus: Species:
Plantae Angiosperms Apiaceae Ferula assa-foetida
Ferula assa-foetida is native to Iran and Afghanistan. Most of the commercially
exported resin is now produced in India.
Common English: Asafetida, Asafoetida, Assa-foetida, Devil's Dung, Food of the Gods
Asian tongues: 阿魏 "A wei" (Chinese), アギ "Agi" (Japanese), 阿魏 "Agi" (Japanese)
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