[Sca-cooks] Apicius question(s)
ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Tue Nov 3 13:29:53 PST 2009
> Laser, laserpitium, silphium- Flowers and Rosenbaum suggest
>replacing this herb with asafoetida.
>www.housedragonor.org/A&S/herbs-gwen.html oh! reading further on
>that page, one finds Laser is still used today in India and can be
>found in many of the larger import markets. It is commonly known as
>heeng. I have no idea about the accuracy of that second statement.
>See the Wiki articles about both Silphium and Asafoetida, very
>interesting. Apparently cooked asafoetida is leek-like, and "giant
>fennel" is part of the same Genus.
Hing or Heeng is another word for Asafetida. Silphium was similar to
asafotida, which was considered an inferior substitute.
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