WHAT IS ARROWROOT?
This starch is harvested from the tubers of the plant of the same name. It’s been a hometown favorite in the Caribbean for over 7,000 years. The term comes from its use in treating poison arrow wounds. Apparently it was also a popular homeopathic remedy for scorpion stings and gangrene as well. Today however this root is found in professional kitchens for a different reason. Chefs love to use this thickening agent precisely because it’s almost flavorless. More popular powders like flour or cornstarch can change the way your recipe tastes. The irony though is that arrowroot is one of the more expensive starches, and in the past has been “cut” with much cheaper potato starch to jack up its profitability. When 100% pure, the powder is a fine white color that is odorless and has a smaller particle size then most other starches.
WHY IS ARROWROOT GOOD FOR YOU?
It’s one of the few thickening agents that’s great for people suffering from most allergies. It is nut, dairy, soy, gluten, rice and corn free! While not as popular as corn starch, this is a plus if you’re concerned about G.M.O.s. Then arrowroot is a good worry-free substitute. Also this tuber is easier to digest then many other popular starches while still being relatively rich in fiber.
WHEN IS ARROWROOT IN SEASON?
It is almost always sold in a dry, powdered format so arrowroot is available year-round.
HOW SHOULD ARROWROOT BE STORED?
Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight in a tightly sealed container. Kept in a dry environment, this powder will last for up to 4 years.
IS ARROWROOT A CURE FOR MOSQUITO BITES AND TEETHING BABIES?
While mosquito bites are less deadly then poison arrows or scorpions, a paste made from arrowroot is also said to “draw out” the venom from insect bites. And when included in baked goods, arrowroot can be a great treat for teething babies!