With age comes maturity, and a tempering of strong emotions, and these days I don't mind it as much.
Interesting tidbits from the article, which I definitely did not know were:
1. its source:
the farmer digs away the soil around the plant and makes an incision in the top of the thick carrot-like root, which then exudes, for about three months, as much as a kilogram of the milky resin. It hardens on exposure to air and gradually turns brown.2. that asafoetida means "stinking resin" (very apt!). Sulphides are the culprit, as usual. If you recall, a relative - hydrogen sulphide - is partly responsible for smelly farts, and rotten eggs. By the way, it is also flammable, so don't do it near a campfire or a smoker.
3. This is interesting, even ironical, since,
4. Check out the comments on Guru's blog, if you read the article. I really like the keen observation made in the first comment.
Not unnaturally, the resin has been thought to have very many medicinal uses. Its most common use is to treat indigestion and flatulence. Even today, a bit of it is pasted on the stomach (belly button) of an infant, with the idea that it relieves “locked” gas and aids in digestion.
Apparently this is one of the reasons why it is usually added to dishes containing lentils and beans.
They contain molecules that disturb the enzyme carbonic anlydrase and thus produce gas. And asafoetida helps in relieving this effect – or so the theory goes.