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Spotlight On Spices! Issue April 2014 - Asafoetida!
April 04, 2014

Given the never-ending arctic-feeling winter we just lived through in the northeastern states, and elsewhere, we’re more than ready for spring! I’ve been enjoying hearing the birds singing and seeing early blooms poking their colorful heads up through the soil.

Everything is saying spring has sprung finally! April showers will indeed bring beautiful flowers and the season’s first herbs and vegetables like asparagus. One herb that is still very much a mystery to most people starts with an "A" like April and is our . . . .

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Asafoetida

Asafoetida-Asafetida (Devil’s Dung, Stink Gum, Stink Finger, Food of the Gods, Hing) is the milky resin from a giant garden fennel. This resin is processed and converted to a ground version that is found usually in specialty food markets in the states. It has a fetid, strong pungent smell that disappears during the cooking process leaving food flavored nicely. Heated in oil, butter or ghee its flavor and odor becomes more desirable (similar to sautéed onions and garlic). Therefore Asafoetida can be a flavor substitute for onions and garlic, especially if an allergy, or religious observance (abstaining from onions and garlic) is involved.

It is a good flavoring herb for legumes, lentils, vegetables, and fish. Use just a pinch; like saffron spice, a little can go a long way. Keep small quantities of asafoetida, usually found in powder form in the states, and replace within about 6 months.

Learn more including Asafoetida's health benefits>>>


April is the Month for:

National Pecan Month

National Soft Pretzel Month

National Soy Foods Month

And, some of our favorite food days in the month of April include:

April 1 National Sourdough Bread Day

April 2 National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 3 National Chocolate Mousse Day

April 11 National Cheese Fondue Day

April 12 National Licorice Day

April 14 National Pecan Day

April 16 National Eggs Benedict Day

April 18 National Animal Crackers Day

April 18 National Hot Cross Bun Day (Good Friday)

April 19 National Garlic Day

April 20 National Glazed Ham Day (Easter)

April 20 National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day

April 22 National Jelly Bean Day

April 26 National Pretzel Day

April 27 National Prime Rib Day

April 28 National Blueberry Pie Day


Check here for the latest news on any spice recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts:

Food ALERT! Widget


Websites for Spice Retailers:

Atlantic Spice Company -

Durkee® -

Maison Terre -

McCormick® -

Milford Spice Company -

Penzeys Spices -

Savory Spice Shop -

Spice Islands® -

The Spice House -

Spice Accessories Websites:

Bottles, Containers & Jars:

Bottle Store - -

SKS Bottle & Packaging, Inc. -


Online Labels -

Spice Racks:

Tubular Spices -

Spice Rack Source -

Check out our website that's All About Sweet Potatoes


Tell us what you would love to see in our monthly eZine. We want to keep this publication fresh and relevant. We want to put a spotlight on the herbs and spices that are of the most interest to you.

Use our Contact Form to give us constructive feedback or ask questions. Thank you!

Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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