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Arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) is a small, attractive, shade-loving plant that produces an edible tuber. The white, bract covered tubers grow as long as a medium size sweet potato, but are much more narrow. Dig up the tubers in the winter when the plant has gone dormant. Store them in a cool dry place until use.

Plant some of them in the spring to provide next year’s crop. Rodents may eat tubers left in the ground.

This is the plant used to make the expensive powder you can get at the store for use as a thickening agent in cooking. You don’t have to extract the starch to enjoy this root vegetable. Simply peal the bracts off, cut it up and cook it in soups and stews. The roots can also be candied.

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pdf – Arrowroot Information Sheet
(to print out)

2 comments to Arrowroot

  • Dan

    Hey Guys,

    Thanks a lot for getting some arrowroot to me. (You left it on the porch and my buddy picked it up.)

    They have just started sprouting, so I planted one. I’m thinking about where to plant the other – I’m just hoping to get a lot of tubers next year so I can harvest tons the year after.

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