Text by Naomi Scher. Photo by Rene Smith.
Arrowroot powder is ‘a nutritionally dense starch that can be extracted from the tubers of a number of perennial rhizomes’ , or roots. In its processed, powdered form, it’s white and odorless. It’s used as a thickening agent, as a cornstarch alternative, and frequently appears in gluten free and paleo bread recipes.
Arrowroot is known to relieve mild *irregularity*. In addition to being a digestive aid, it’s a not-insignificant source of potassium, an important mineral that you need to not be a useless trainwreck.
Some non-obvious uses for arrowroot powder are as a binder (or egg replacer) in veggie burger recipes, and as a seasoning or breading ingredient to give pan and oven fried foods that extra crunch. Also, here’s a recipe for matcha green tea cake.
Bob’s Red Mill’s arrowroot powder is awesome and GMO-free like their other products that we carry at the Bushwick Food Coop. Bags are $5.37 for members, and $7.38 for non-members. We also sell arrowroot powder in bulk.