What is Hing (Asafoetida)

Origin:  Centuries before, heeng (asafoetida) is one of the mysterious spices.  

Hing (asafoetida) is a dried latex resin and its usage is wide all over the world and it has varied usage since ancient times.

“Asa” the word comes from Persia, it means resin and “foetida” comes from Latin which means smelling or stinking.  

Perungayam or asafoetida has several medicinal uses .

Dates back to 700 BC, and asafoetida is not native to India.

Asafoetida used as a spice for meat liberally during Roman Empire.

 Asafoetida is the only spice that can be used generously on vegetables as well as on meat.  

It can be used by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. 

Source: Where does asafoetida comes from?  It is originally from the plant source.  

The plant name is Ferula asafoetida, which is a herbaceous plant and it belongs to the Umbelliferae family. 

Flavour:  Asafoetida has a very sharp flavour and aroma, sometimes the flavour is unpleasant and that is the reason it is called as Devil’s Dung.  

This uncooked spice has a stinking smell of foul garlic or it smells as a compound.

Smell of both cooked cauliflower and manure because of the presence of sulphur compounds in asafoetida.     

Composition:  In general, asafoetida composed of 68% carbohydrates, 7% minerals, 16% moisture, 4% fibre, 4% protein, and 1% fat.

when we get into detail, the composition of asafoetida is classified into resin, gum and essential oils.  

The resin contains one of the most important chemicals called coumarins and ferulic acid.  

 The gum contains various types of sugars and proteins and the essential acids includes sulphur containing compounds.   

Taste and odour Asafoetida has bitter taste and possess characteristic sulphurous odour.

Medicinal uses:  Asafoetida have various medicinal uses. 

 It is best for diabetes, ulcer, fertility, cancer, high blood pressure and also best for worms, virus and fungal infections.  

 Also it is beneficial in treating hysteria and menstruation problems in women.


Special properties: It is useful in treating Influenza A or swine influenza infection.

Traditionally used for hair and skin-related problems. 

 In addition to that, it has numerous health benefits too. 

 The daily recommended amount of asafoetida depends on the context of the usage, so it varies from person to person. 

Tatva Health and Wellness has eased the difficulty of using asafoetida

By launching a product called Spice Liquid Hing drop for the consumers.

  The Spice Liquid Hing drop is a breakthrough product for this generation,

because it is a concentrated and can be used directly and readily over the dishes .

The Spice Liquid Hing is handy and it has greater advantage than the powder or solid asafoetida.

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