Botanical Name: Ferula Assa Fcetida
It is customary for our rural people. It still wears a piece of asafetida wrapped in a clean white cloth in the patient’s hand when they get sick like chickenpox and measles. Asafetida is formerly known as the “Food of the gods” in some eastern Counties. it was used as a remedy from infant to old age.
Ayurvedic doctors say that asafetida, a generic drug, is now getting out of use in modern society.
Asafetida, a perennial plant that grows to about 1.5-2m, has a circular leaf structure with about 30 to 40 leaves. The leaves of the stem have broadleaf sheaths. Flowering knobs are about 10cm thick. Flowers are light yellow. All part of the plant has a pungent odour.
it is called Perankayan in Tamil. This is “Inguva” in Telugu, In Kannada is Ingu. Mende du diable in French, Devils dung and ascent, Food of the Gods.in other languages, including English.
It is obtained by dehydrating the tops of the plant(an underground stem), the flowing secretions (milk).
it is grown in India and is endemic to Afghanistan. Asafetida, though a pungent odour, brings a mild flavour to the taste of leeks ones they are cooked.
Thus, it is clear that asafetida is not just a food of God, it is also great medicine for man’s various ailments, as well as an excellent food tasting and spice.