Asafoetida is a perennial plant which grows upto to 6 feet tall and has a fleshy taproot.
Asafoetida or hing as it is Indian languages is also known as the stinking gum because of its strong flavour.
Asafoetida is a dried latex which is extracted from the living underground rhizome or tap root of the perennial herd , Ferula. It is available in the market in the form of brick, piece, or powder form.
Asafoetida is an important ingredient in most of the Indian recipes for flavouring indian curry , pickles.
Its health benefits are manifold :
Asafoetida is added to curries , Indian Daals for aiding indigestion.
It is added to buttermilk and drunk to get relief from flatulence.
It is used to relieve chest congestion and release of phlegm by mixing a pinch of
asafoetida , honey and ginger and consumed orally.
It is considered helpful for women with menstrual cramps.
Due to its strong pungent smell , it is used in insect and mosquito repellent.
It has an additional benefit of lowering cholesterol.
Asafoetida in brick form and powder.
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