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Arrowroot Powder

Maranta arundinacea Origin: India

Arrowroot Powder

Overview

Arrowroot powder is derived from a tropical South American plant, Maranta arundinacea. The plant was given the name “Arrowroot” because it was once used to treat those injured with wounds from poison arrows. This natural root starch is white in color and very light in weight. It is generally used as a substitute for cornstarch, which is highly processed and difficult to source in non-GMO varieties. Arrowroot powder may be used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in food preparations, as a base for some of your body care formulations, and it is the main foundation for most body powders.

Constituents

Starch, fiber, sugar, gum

Summary

Arrowroot powder is sought after as a thickening agent for gourmet dishes, and is well known for its use in crystal clear fruit glazes and jellies. Because arrowroot powder thickens at lower temperatures than other vegetable starches, it is far less likely to burn, and it will thicken even in the presence of acidic fruits, making it the thickener of choice for fruit glazes.

Precautions

None known

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