Have you ever heard of arrowroot or Araro? It’s a plant that dates back to some 7000 years ago and has been used by the native population ever since.
Araro is a perennial, herbaceous plant that can grow up to 2 meters in height. It’s erected and smooth, with dichotomously positioned branches. The stems are usually slender while the leaf blades are lanceolate and can grow to 20 centimeters in length. The plant’s flowers are white and about 2cm long.
The araro can be used around the kitchen for a number of things. The rhizomes are safe for consumption and are what produces the starch. It’s easily digestible and can be used as a thickener for sauces, puddings and baked goods. It can be ground, boiled and roasted and used in pastries. Some nations use the starch for starching clothes. They are nutritive and can be easily added to any diet. Infants who are weaning from breast milk can benefit from the araro and it can be added to infant cookies.
How to consume it?
Mix about 2-3tbsp. of araro root powder with a liter of water and spice it up with some lemon juice or honey.
Folk remedies with Arrowroot
- The West Indies use the roots of the Arrowroot to wrap poison wounds and other types of wounds
- If you mash the roots you can apply the paste on insect bites
- If you have an inflammation on the mucous membranes you can apply the paste directly on the inflamed area to relieve the pain and inflammation
- You can use the starch and apply it on your skin if you experience sunburn, dermatitis, wasp stings and even gangrene
- Ground arrowroot leaves are used for relief of teething in the Caribbean
- The people of Trinidad use it as an anti-inflammatory skin wrap
- Fresh juice of Arrowroot is sometimes use as an antidote for vegetable poison
- It can be used to for stomachaches and diarrhea, thanks to its abundance in starch.
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