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What is Asafoetida ?

Asafoetida is an important medicinal plant and is a member of the Apiaceae family. Its binomial name is Ferula assa-foetida. This plant is a native species to the deserts of Iran and mountains of Afghanistan and is mainly cultivated in tropical areas. This plant is used in gum form and powder. The Asafoetida powder is used more as a leading spice in the other spices or added as a flavoring in foods sauces and also is used as a drug in the medical consumption such as Anti-parasite, carminative, laxative and is useful for asthma bronchitis, whooping-cough and also its ability to protect the gastrointestinal system, improve menstrual symptoms, reduces inflammation, boost the immune system, eliminate respiratory issues, prevents reproductive disorders, improve mood swings and nervous disorders, and ease pain.

Asafoetida Features

  • Asafoetida Plant: There is a perennial herb genus called Ferula exudes a particular type of sap from its taproot. That sap is a dried latex or resin that is called Asafoetida.  This plant grows 1 to 1.5 m tall with a circular mass of 30–40 cm (12–16 in) leaves and also the leaves are much cut and dust. The stem leaves have wide sheathing petioles. Flowering stems are 2.5–3 m (8.2–9.8 ft.) high and 10 cm (3.9 in) thick and hollow, with a number of schizogenous ducts in the cortex containing the resinous gum. Flowers are pale greenish yellow produced in large compound umbels and will appear in Group umbrella form at the end of the stem. Roots are thick, massive, and pulpy. They yield a resin similar to that of the stems.
  • Asafoetida fruits: Fruits are oval, flat, thin, reddish brown and have a milky juice. The Fruits of this plant has two seed in dark brown and black. They are oval, slightly wider and very smelly.
  • Asafoetida flavor and taste: All parts of the plant have the distinctive fetid smell and very bad. Maybe we could tell that Asafoetida's flavor reminiscent of leeks. Asafoetida has bitter taste and pungent smell.


Where is Asafoetida plant growing?

The Asafoetida plant is originally / initially grown and cultivated in the deserts of Iran and mountains of Afghanistan and now there are Asafoetida plants in all tropical and Mediterranean climates including India. Most of Asafoetida in Iran grows in Khorasan, Baluchistan and southern regions of the country, such as Kerman.

Asafoetida & Nutrients

The Asafoetida is an enough source of the nutrition, minerals, protein, Calorie, dietary fiber, antioxidants. So the Asafoetida can help and raise the immune system against diseases.

Per 100 g of Asafoetida includes:

  • Minerals: Potassium – 50 mg, Calcium – 690 g.
  • Principle: Calorie - 297 Kcal,  Protein – 4 mg, Carbohydrates – 44 g, Total Fat - 1 mg, Total  Carbohydrate -68 mg, Dietary Fiber – 4 mg, Cholesterol – 0 mg.

Therefore, the Asafoetida can help and raise the immune system against diseases.


Asafoetida & Protections from Disease

The Asafoetida is one good source of the nutrients so it can be useful for our health and can also help or treat some diseases:

  • Digestion: Asafoetida is helpful in digestion and abdominal injury.
  • Asthma: Asafoetida is helpful in curing of asthma, bronchitis, common cold and other respiratory problems.
  • Anti-toothache: If somebody is suffering from the problems of toothache, dental caries, applying the powder of asafoetida and clove gives great relief in reducing pain immediately.
  • Anti-pain and inflammation: The application from the powder of asafoetida gives relief from the pain of insect bite. It is also helpful in reducing the toxic effects as well as pain and inflammation. If you create a paste based of asafoetida, you can apply it directly to the spot of the bug bite to speed healing and reduce inflammation, which should also eliminate your desire to constantly scratch it!
  • Bad breath: The Asafoetida is very useful for bad breath if you add with ginger powder.
  • Headache Relief: Asafoetida has long been relied on to soothe the pain of headaches. By improving blood flow in the capillaries and eliminating excess free radicals, asafoetida can eliminate the tension and pain of headaches and migraines quite effectively.

The health benefits of Asafoetida include its ability to aid in digestion, disorders of stomach and lungs, appetizer, Anti-flatulence, Anti - gastritis, Anti-cancer, Anti - earaches,
It seems that the list of benefits from asafoetida never stops so you can get more information about asafoetida & protections from disease through on the Internet network if you search a bit.

Asafoetida Usage

  • Asafoetida Gum

Asafoetida produces a gum gathered in summer from the roots of plants at least four years old and just before flowering. The oldest plants are the most productive. The stems are cut off, and successive slices are made through the roots. The liquid then dries to form a resin and a fresh cut is made. The process is continued for about 3 months from the first incision; a single plant may yield up to 1 kg of resin before it dries out. The fresh gum is a soft, semiliquid mass that undergoes a gradual color change from shimmering yellowish-white to reddish-brown. People use asafoetida resin, a gum-like material as medicine for diseases treatment and also used as a spice. The Asafoetida gum is Indigenous to eastern Iran and western Afghanistan.

  • Asafoetida Powder

Asafoetida powder is known as Hing that is one of main products of asafoetida. The asafoetida powder is used as a leading spice in the other spices such as Chili powder or added as a flavoring in foods, sauces and also asafoetida powder is used as a drug in the medical consumption such as digestion problems, increase urine flow, bloating and etc.

Supplier and Exporter of Asafoetida

Glad to inform you that Ario Co is one of the main suppliers of Asafoetida with PREMIER quality in Iran. Our main purpose is supplying and exporting products with high quality to be provided customers satisfaction. We are the main exporter of various Medicinal Plants for the global markets, wholesale markets, distributors, retailers and supermarket chains. Ario works in close relationship with Iranian growers and farmers using sustainable farming standards, especially GLOBALGAP, BRC, HACCP and ISO so our Medicinal plants all are organic, are safety, healthy and without disinfecting, pesticide and etc.
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