[Sca-cooks] Asafoetida and Silphium

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Tue Jul 14 17:06:26 PDT 2009

On Jul 14, 2009, at 7:46 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:

> The latest issue of Saudi Aramco Worl magazine for July/August 2009
> arrived today.
> It has an article in on "Devil's Dung" or Asafoetida.
> Also the article contains an interesting sidebar on Silphium
> It's online here:
> http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/200904/devil.s.dung-the.world.s.smelliest.spice.htm

I was in a large local Indian market on Sunday, replenishing my  
saffron supply, and no bleep, there I was, sniffing like a bloodhound,  
trying and succeeding in finding the jars of hing powder three aisles  

I was mean, and didn't even buy any; I just wanted to see if I really  
could find it with my eyes closed.

That said, it's really not especially vile. Smells a bit like musky  
garlic, and is quite good in curries and seafood dishes.


"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,  
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's  
			-- Rabbi Israel Salanter

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