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Arrowroot Products

Arrowroot Products

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.

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Latin Name: Maranta arundinacea L.

  • Long history of traditional use dating back to 8000 BC
  • Incredibly versatile, grain-free, vegan, paleo-friendly starch
  • Tasteless alternative to cornflour, leaves food glossy and clear
  • Packed in a re-sealable air tight, foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added
Quality Assured Vegetarian and Vegan Safe
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Arrowroot Powder from Indigo Herbs is made from exceptional quality Maranta arundinacea rhizome, harvested then dried and ground into a fine, white powder. Arrowroot is native to the tropics of Central & South America, where it was cultivated as early as 8000 BC and is now used worldwide with a huge variety of uses in cooking & baking. Arrowroot Powder is both versatile & highly digestible making it a great alternative for cornflour or as part of a wheat flour substitute in many recipes, especially for people with dietary restrictions. Additionally, Arrowroot is tasteless and leaves food clear & glossy unlike cornflour making it a perfect addition to fruit sauces or puddings.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this wholefood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals.

Also known as: Maranta, Araru, West Indian Arrowroot, Obedience Plant, Araruta, Bermuda Arrowroot

Our Wholefoods are 100% pure and unprocessed with nothing added. They are simple and easy to integrate into your daily diet. Seeds can be roasted or soaked and sprouted. Nuts can be made into nut milk, nut butter or snacked upon. Fruits can flavour a cake, bread or biscuits, or make a great topping to breakfast cereal.

Nuts, seeds and dried fruit all make great ingredients for a superfood snack trail mix, and can supply essential daily nutrients whilst being delicious and satisfying. For full instructions go to our How to use Wholefoods page.

Arrowroot Powder from Indigo Herbs is an incredibly versatile wholefood with many uses in cooking and baking. It can be used as a substitute for cornflour or other starches as a thickener, or instead of wheat flour in bread and dessert recipes, why not try an alternative flour blend such as Arrowroot Powder, almond flour & coconut flour.

Unlike cornflour Arrowroot is tasteless and leaves foods glossy and clear making it ideal for use in fruit sauces and puddings. It also freezes well so is perfect for use in batch cooking, and even holds up well in an acidic environment meaning it can be used in recipes with a high citrus content. Two teaspoons of Arrowroot Powder can be substituted in place of one tablespoon of cornflour, or one teaspoon of Arrowroot Powder for one tablespoon of wheat flour.

Always mix the Arrowroot Powder with a small amount of cold liquid to make a slurry before adding to your recipe. It is advised to add the Arrowroot at the end of the recipe, as it breaks down at high temperatures (above a simmer) and the thickening properties will be negated.

Additionally Arrowroot can be used as an egg replacer in recipes where egg is used as a binding agent. One thing to note is that Arrowroot does not mix well with dairy, as it can change the texture of milk-based sauces, although it is suitable for cakes or cookies which contain milk.

Arrowroot Powder
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Per 100g
Serving 33g
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RDA: reference intake of an average adult
  • Produced to GMP standards.
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs.
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch.
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added.

Manufacture Process

Arrowroot is an insoluble starch extracted from the roots of the mature Maranta arundinacea through a simple, traditional method. First the Arrowroot rhizomes must be washed and the papery skin removed, as this has a bitter taste. The roots are then mashed or pounded, mixed with water and then pulped, before being forced through a sieve which separates the insoluble starch from the fibrous roots. The liquid and fine powders that make it though the sieve are then dried leaving the arrowroot starch behind, this is then milled to give the fine, uniform powder. This process is quality assured by Indigo Herbs.

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