True Arrowroot

IMG_5212Arrowroot Flour (True Arrowroot) is derived from the rhizome or root of the arrowroot plant that is dried then ground to a fine powder. With the increasing number of people suffering from gluten and corn allergies, arrowroot flour is becoming more widely used as an alternative to cornstarch. It is a minimumly processed flour high in protein, B Vitamins and folate. Arrowroot flour also helps to regulate the body’s acid/alkaline balance. It mixes easily with cold liquids or can be added to warm liquids as a thickening agent.

How do we use it?

We use arrowroot to thicken gravy, sauces and desserts. It is also an addition to our homemade cookies, fritters, cakes and muffins.

Where to buy it?

True Arrowroot Flour can be bought from most health food stores or co-ops. The ingredient list must read “true arrowroot” or “arrowroot”, and not Tapioca starch. Tapioca is a completely different product. The Gluten Free Co. in Australia provide an Organic True Arrowroot Powder, that is actually a product of Thailand. It is free from preservatives and retails for about $12/kg.
Farmer gets a 3kg bag from the Atherton Health Food store and Pinky buys hers in 500g bags from Taste Organic in Crows Nest.