Ingredient Name: Arrowroot or Obedience Plant
Traditional Chinese Name: 粉葛 (fěn gé)
What is this?
- Arrowroot is the edible starch from the rhizomes (rootstock) of West Indian arrowroot
- It is often ground down to a powdered starch form which is completely white and powdery in form
- The powder itself is used as a thickener, in cakes, pies, soups, and sauces
- The rhizome itself can grow up to 6-7 pounds in weight at maturity
- Arrowroot has no flavour or smell, but when boiled it has a slighty nutty sweet taste
- If used in soups as cubes, the root is very fibery and coarse
How do I prepare it?
- Wash and peel the arrowroot
- Cut into cubes for soup usage
Where can I buy this?
- You can buy arrowroot from most Asian supermarkets
- It is also available in the wet marts in Hong Kong and can be bought by preference of weight and size
What is the cost?
- Arrowroot costs roughly $1.00 CAD / pound, so a large arrowroot can easily cost $5 – $6
- A good substitute for the arrowroot in soups is the lotus root
- Due to its blandness, it’s suitable for many diets (especially soups for children)
- The arrowroot does contain a healthy amount of calcium
- It is recommended for people who feel nauseous to consume arrowroot and helps soothes upset stomachs
- The arrowroot is not a highly nutritious food with 84% of the root composed of starch
- Arrowroots can be quite dirty and need to be thoroughly washed prior to consumption
- If purchasing arrowroot powder, be sure to purchase it from a reputatble source as some sources many not sell PURE arrowroot
- Fresh arrowroot stores relatively well in the fridge and can keep for up to 1 month