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Re: Does asoefatida smell bad?

Hi, Shell and all,

Does asafoetida (also had a much shorter name that I can't remember at the
moment) smell bad?  In a word - YES!  I was warned about the smell beforehand,
having people describe it variously as "dirty socks", "cat box" and "worse
than anything I could describe".  I don't know how yours could have been so
pungent as to affect your entire house through all that packaging, though.
Mine is just in a wax-papery bag inside a cardboard box and we don't smell it
until I open it.  I admit to holding my breath when I do.  You use just a
pinch in some Indian dishes and it has many healthy properties, as I
understand it.  I was also told that cooked it has an oniony taste.  I never
noticed that myself, because usually there were already onions in the dish.  

I was predisposed to putting up with the odor, though, as I take valerian root
in a capsule occasionally as a muscle relaxant.  I don't know how anyone could
drink that stuff in a tea - we call it "stinky herb" and have to warn each
other when it's coming out of the bottle!  After that, I had the experience to
deal with reeky things that are good for you.  At least they don't *taste*
bad, too!