WordPress Daily Blogging Prompt : Pungent

In response to daily post’s prompt : Pungent

Ferula assa-foetida - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-061.jpg

The above  plant is asafoetida. In its pure form its smell is very strong. It has a pungent smell, which contaminates other spices if it’s not stored in an airtight container.When it’s heated in oil or ghee its pungency is less.

Buddhist and non-vegetarians avoid it because of its pungency.

It is known by many unpleasant names, in French it is known as,’merde du diable meaning devil’s faces, in English it’s sometimes called, ‘Devil’s dung.’

I’ve heard it’s one of the spices used in lieu of garlic. I’d much rather use garlic than asafoetida because its strong odor stays for days in the kitchen and the hallway.


2 thoughts on “WordPress Daily Blogging Prompt : Pungent

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this interesting post. I find plants, their names, and their many uses fascinating.

    All good wishes,


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