Spices 101: Asafoetida

Spices 101: Asafoetida

“The Food of the Gods”

We all have the power to turn our everyday food into superfood: just add spice.

Spices have been a hot commodity for thousands of years. Literally. At times, salt has ranked more valuable than gold. Cultures all over the world have turned to dried seeds and roots, cracked, ground, or cooked whole, to preserve their foods, strengthen their reserves, and nourish and heal their bodies.

At Countertop, we use the power of spices like turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, and more, to help you cook delicious food with maximum health in minimum time.

 

Why we love Asafoetida

A lot of people see Asafoetida on a label and assume it is a laboratory-made gum agent. But it’s actually an herb with a distinct flavor and aroma and it has been a vital part of Indian curries and dals for ages.

Asafoetida is full of vitamins and naturally occurring minerals: ⁣

  • Coumarin⁣
  • Flavonoids⁣
  • Terpenes⁣
  • Iron⁣
  • Calcium⁣
  • Magnesium⁣
  • Phosphorus⁣
  • Zinc⁣
  • Copper⁣
  • Manganese⁣
  • Niacin⁣

Research shows (and ancient Ayurveda knows) Asafoetida can act as a/an:⁣

  • Carminative (gas and bloat reducer)⁣
  • Anti-viral⁣
  • Anti-inflammatory⁣
  • Antibacterial⁣
  • Sedative⁣
  • Diuretic⁣
  • Antibiotic⁣
  • Blood thinner⁣
  • Digestive⁣
  • Antispasmodic⁣
  • Expectorant⁣
  • Detoxifyer⁣

These effects of Asafoetida may help:⁣

  • Calm respiratory ailments⁣
  • Reduce gas, bloating and IBS symptoms⁣
  • Reduce high blood pressure & prevent clots⁣
  • Reduce menstrual pain in the abdomen and low back⁣
  • Reduce headaches⁣
  • Soothe and heal bug bites (Asafoetida/Hing paste mixed with garlic paste)⁣
  • Clear and reduce acne⁣
  • Give you glowing skin because of increased oxygen flow⁣

And here’s a fun-fact: Asafoetida actually gives Worcester Sauce it’s distinctive flavor. ⁣

Plus one more: French chefs will often rub it on a plate before setting a hot beef steak on it.

Want to get all of these amazing benefits into your everyday routine? Shop here to try out our Golden Butter, or our Grill, Poultry, and Kitcheri blends.

Countertop is passionate about helping you cook with maximum health in minimum time. Our products re-imagine everyday staples like butter, sweetener, and seasonings into minimally processed, easy to use, outrageously delicious superfood blends that turn the foods you already love into foods your body will love you for. Read more about our Countertop story here.

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