Which country is the largest producer of asafoetida?

Which country is the largest producer of asafoetida?

Major producing countries: Afghanistan, Iran, Turkistan.

Is asafoetida banned?

Asafoetida is prohibited! Asafoetida is used by almost all vegetarian communities. Kashmiri Pandits use it too, in place of onions and garlic, but it is thought to impart umami to the cuisine.

What is asafoetida tincture?

Asafoetida Tincture (Ferula asafoetida) made from the gum is also known as Devil’s Dung, Stinking Gum, Asant, Food of the Gods, Hing and Giant Fennel. It should not be confused with Asafoetida Spice used in cooking which is generally blended with fenugreek to moderate its extreme taste.

Is compounded asafoetida harmful?

There is some evidence that asafoetida is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth as medicine. It might cause swelling of the lips, burping, intestinal gas, diarrhea, headache, convulsions, blood disorders, and other side effects.

Does India import asafoetida?

Asafoetida is one of the top condiments and is a high-value spice crop. India imports about 1,200 tonnes of raw asafoetida annually from Afghanistan, Iran and Uzbekistan and spends approximately USD 100 million per year for it.

Where is asafoetida grown in India?

According to Ashok Kumar, hing grows wild and abundantly in the mountainous terrains of Iran and Afghanistan. Hing cultivation is possible in cold and dry climes such as Ladakh and parts of Uttarakhand, besides Himachal Pradesh.

Is asafoetida allowed in USA?

You can carry “hing” (asafoetida) PROVIDED it is in original sealed company packing and the details are prominently printed on the container. As such, it is available in USA, all shops that sell Indian stuff stock hing too.

Why is asafoetida so expensive?

Raw asafoetida is extracted from the roots of the Ferula asafoetida plant as an oleo-gum resin. The plant stores most of its nutrients inside its deep fleshy roots. A single Ferula plant yields just about 500 grams of sap (concentrated heeng resin), which is why it is expensive.

Is asafoetida is used as carminative?

The gum resin is antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, laxative, and sedative. Asafoetida has also been used as a sedative. It also thins the blood and lowers blood pressure.

Why asafoetida is called Devil’s dung?

Asafoetida is a plant. It has a bad smell and tastes bitter. That probably explains why it is sometimes called “devil’s dung.” People use asafoetida resin, a gum-like material, as medicine.

Does asafoetida expire?

Asafoetida in lump form will store indefinitely. Store in an airtight container to keep the unpleasant odour away from you and other food. Some people even put it in a plastic bag, then in a container, then in the freezer, to contain the smell.

Why is asafoetida expensive?

What is Ferula asafoetida used for?

Ferula asafoetidais herbaceous plant of the umbelliferae family. It is oleo gum resin obtained from the rhizome and root of plant. This spice is used as a digestive aid, in food as a condiment and in pickles. It is used in modern herbalism in the treatment of hysteria, some nervous conditions, bronchitis, asthma and whooping cough.

What is the meaning of the name asafoetida?

Ferula asafoetida Linn: Asafoetida, the gum resin prized as a condiment in India and Iran, is obtained chiefly from plant Ferula asafoetida. The Latin name ferula means “carrier” or “vehicle”. Asa is a latinized form of Farsi asa “resin”, and Latin foetidus means “smelling, fetid”.

Where does asafoetida grow in India?

Asafoetida is native to central Asia, eastern Iran to Afghanistan, and today it is grown chiefly in Iran and Afghanistan, from where it is exported to the rest of the world. It is not native to India, but has been used in Indian medicine and cookery for ages.

What is the meaning of the name Ferula?

The Latin name ferula means “carrier” or “vehicle”. Asa is a latinized form of Farsi asa “resin”, and Latin foetidus means “smelling, fetid”.