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Food glossary

Arrowroot

Arrowroot

A white powder made from the maranta plant which is native to the West Indies and South America. Arrowroot is sold in small tubs alongside baking products.

Uses:
It is used widely as a thickener and has the advantage over cornflour in that it is translucent, flavourless and sets to an almost clear gel. It has a light consistency and when mixed with water and heated, can be spooned over fruit tarts and flans to give an attractive glossy finish.

To store:
Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.

To use:
Use following your recipe instructions or blend with a little cold water or milk to make a paste and then add to a sauce or stew to thicken, stirring continuously.