18. Asafoetida

  1. Mathew Attokaran

Published Online: 7 FEB 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470959152.ch18

Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

Natural Food Flavors and Colorants

How to Cite

Attokaran, M. (2011) Asafoetida, in Natural Food Flavors and Colorants, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470959152.ch18

Author Information

  1. Plant Lipids Limited, Cochin, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 FEB 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813821108

Online ISBN: 9780470959152



  • asafetida, (asafetida), intense - smelling gummy resin, well-liked in India and Asian countries, people referring to it as “food of the gods”;
  • asafetida, dried exudate of gum oleoresin - from a live rhizome or taproot of ferula species;
  • spice, acrid and bitter to taste - strong aroma, and alliaceous odor;
  • India, an important market for asafetida - no solvent-extracted oleoresin in market;
  • asafetida, essential oil - representing 3–20%;
  • asafetida, used extensively in India - flavoring vegetable curries, sauces, and pickles;
  • asafetida, for treatment of chronic bronchitis - and whooping cough in ayurvedic therapy;
  • application externally on stomach - stimulating digestive system


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Plant Material

  • Extractives

  • Uses

  • Identification Numbers

  • References