[Sca-cooks] Apicius question(s)

Sharon Palmer 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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