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Devil's Dung Stinks When Raw, But Cooked, It Harmonizes

Oct 4, 2014

Devil's dung (Ferula asafoetida) (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Kai Hendry

This feathery plant from the deserts of Afghanistan and the mountains of Iran stinks - until you cook it, that is, when its pleasant flavor and active antiflatulent and digestive properties emerge. You can find it in Worcestershire sauce and throughout South Indian cuisine as a flavor enhancer and digestive aid. Devil's Dung is also antimicrobial.

(Podcast: "The Plant Detective")

Antiflatulent, helps digestion.