Arrowroot is a perennial, herbaceous plant native to the tropical regions of Central & South America. It reaches a height of 1.5m with numerous, bright-green, ovate leaves and small, white flowers. The plant is mature after 10-12 months and the rhizome is ready for harvest at this time. Radio-carbon dating has shown evidence of Arrowroot starch grains on grinding tools in Colombia dating back to 8200 BC, meaning that Arrowroot was one of the first plants domesticated in prehistoric South America. The rhizomes are fleshy & cylindrical and can reach 45cm long. The Aruac Indians valued the plant for it's nutrition and energy value, and in their native language Arawak it was known as aru-aru, which translates to "meal of meals". It is also said that the root was used as a poultice to draw poison from wounds made by poison arrows. The English combined the Arawak word and the word arrow to settle on the name Arrowroot, which dates back to 1696. Arrowroot is highly digestible and versatile, and in modern cooking it is used as a cornflour substitute or in a blend with other flours as a wheat flour alternative. Indigo Herbs is delighted to offer our new Arrowroot Powder made from exceptional quality dried Arrowroot, finely milled into an easy to use powder.