Arrowroot plant or commonly known as Araru is defined as any of a genus (Maranta of the family Marantaceae, the arrowroot family) of tropical American plants with tuberous roots that yield an easily digested edible starch.
Araru plant appears as a smooth, erect, dichotomously branched herbaceous perennial plant with a height of 1-2 meters. It has flowers that measure up to 2 centimeters long and appears to be white. Its stems look slender with the leaves that can be as long as 20 centimeters. This plant grows in a fusiform and fleshy rootstock.
Arrowroot plant can be used in so many different ways be it from its root up to the tip of its leaves. It could simply give you the health benefits you would like to have.
Here is a list of health benefits from araru plant from root to tip:
– Can be used as a cover for poisoned arrow wounds or any other kinds of wounds.
– When mashed, can be used as a plaster to areas with spider bites and insect stings.
– When applied to the skin, it helps soothe the affected areas suffering from skin problems such as sunburn. Wasp stings, dermatitis, and even gangrene can be soothed by araru
– The people of Trinidad use it as an anti-inflammatory skin wrap
– 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
– It can be used to for stomachaches and diarrhea, thanks to its abundance in starch
– Can be used for starching clothes
– Known as a major ingredient in infant cookies
– Easily digested and proven to be nourishing
– Used as a thickener in pastries and sauces
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.