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    Asafoetida

    Asafoetida,alternative spelling asafetida, (also known as devil's dung, stinking gum, asant, food of the gods, giant fennel, hing, and ting) is the dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula, which is a perennial herb (1 to 1.5 mtr. high). The species is native to Persia (Iran). Asafoetida has a pungent, unpleasant smell when raw, but in cooked dishes, it delivers a smooth flavor, reminiscent of leeks. This spice is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment and in pickles. Its odour, when uncooked, is so strong it must be stored in airtight containers; otherwise, the aroma will contaminate other spices stored nearby. However, its odour and flavor become much milder and more pleasant upon heating in oil or ghee, acquiring a taste and aroma reminiscent of sautéed onion and garlic