What is Arrowroot Powder?

Arrowroot powder is a powdered starch that comes from the root of the tropical plant Maranta arundinacea. This plant is a large perennial that grows in South America.

This root was used by the Aruac Indians to draw poison from wounds made by poison arrows and some say that is how arrowroot got its English name.

What is arrowroot powder and how do you use it?

Arrowroot is used for thickening in the same way you might use corn starch. Some of the great advantages of using arrowroot instead of corn starch or flour is that it creates a very clear gel when thickened. This keeps sauces or gravies from changing colors and creates clear glazes for the tops of pies.  One of the other great advantages of this starch is that it is gluten free.

Some of the disadvantages of arrowroot is that it can lose its thickening ability with too high a temperature or prolonged heating. Make sure to create your glazes or cook your sauces at a low temperature.

Overall, arrowroot powder is a good choice for your starch. It is vegan, gluten free, good for your digestive system and low in calories.

You might also be interested in our other thickening products.

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