[Sca-cooks] herb seasoning question
Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise
jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Thu Mar 1 06:58:05 PST 2007
> Asafoetida, also called the Devil's dung. It is extracted from
> silphium root. I am not sure whether some of my notes refer to silphium
> or the extracts from the root: asafoetida, resin, juice or gum. The
> Roman text and those of the ancients cite it as "silphium".
Er... True silphium went extinct during the Roman period during the
first century CE; a number of Roman texts refer to this fact. Asafoetida
was later used as a substitute, but it was still considered inferior.
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