Asafoetida Oleoresin has a characteristic aromatic order and bitter acidic taste. It is actually a gum oleoresin from the various plants of ferula varieties. Asafoetida oleoresin is used in diluted form. The pure resin is very strong and with disagreeable odour.
Ferula assa-foetida, Asafoetida, Hing
Asafoetida contains Resin (40 - 64 %), Gum (approx. 25%), Voltile Oil (10-17%), Ash (1.5 to 10 %)
As medicine it is useful for curing colic flatulence. Uses have been mentioned for toothache cure. In cooking asafoetida sprinkled in very minute quantity on fried snacks give an agreeable flavour.