What is an Arrowroot?
- Arrowroot, or fung qua, ranges in size from 1 to 6 inches in diameter. When Europeans first encountered arrowroot, the Arawak people informed them that it was called aru-aru, “meal of meals” because of its medicinal value. Some Arawaks used it to draw toxins out from arrow wounds. When cooked, its texture is like a mealy potato with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor.
How to Eat
- Peel then boil, steam, or braise. Add to soups or serve with chicken or spicy sausage.
- Low in fat and cholesterol. High in iron and potassium.
How to Choose
- Choose firm roots.
How to Store
- Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.