Here are the reasons why you should have arrowroot (Araro) plant in your yard.


Arrowroot or also known as Araru goes way back 7,000 years ago, which shown signs of cultivation. As a result, it refers to any kind of plant that are belong to the genus Maranta, its well-known usage is to describe as the digestible starch from the rhizomes of the Maranta arundinaceous.

Araru is an erect, smooth, dichotomously branched herbaceous perennial plant that is 1 to 2 meter high, growing from fleshy and fusiform rootstock. Its stems are known to be slender. Its leaf blades are lanceolate, attenuate-acuminate, which reaches up to 1o to 20 centimeters long, thin petiole, green and rounded at the base. Inflorescence is terminal, lax, divaricate, and few-flowered. Its flowers are color white that is about 2 centimeters long.

Culinary/ Nutrition

  • Rhizomes can be eaten, produces the arrowroot starch.
  • Highly digestible.
  • Utilized as thickener in creating puddings, baked goods and sauces.
  • They are boiled, roasted or ground and made into pastries.
  • In remote places, their starches are being used for starching clothes.
  • Can be easily digested, nutritive and nourishing diet for the convalescing.
  • Well suited for infants in the weaning from breast milk.
  • A major ingredient in infant cookies.


Decoction from at least 2 to 3 tablespoons of its root powder in one liter of water, then seasoned with honey, lemon or any variety of fruit juices in order to taste.


  • In the West Indies, its roots are being used for wrapping poisoned and other kinds of wounds.
  • Mashed roots are being used as plaster to areas of insect stings and spider bites.
  • Apply it to the skin in order to relieve pain, irritation and inflammation of mucous membranes.
  • Roots can be used as cover for poisoned arrow wounds.
  • Starch are being used as soothing application for several skin issues, which includes erysipelas, sunburn, wasp stings, dermatitis and even gangrene.
  • In the Caribbean, grinded leaves are used as teething aid.
  • In Trinidad, it has been used as an anti-inflammatory skin wrap.
  • The fresh juice is being used as an antidote for vegetable poisons.
  • It is also used for relieving the stomach pain, as well as remedy for diarrhea, due to its high starch content.

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