Maranta starch also known as Arrowroot is a starchy food starch obtained in particular from Maranta arundinaceae , a plant native to the equatorial forest of Brazil and Guyana that grows up to a meter and a half in height.
What is maranta starch?
According to American archaeologists, traces of arrowroot cultivation date back to seven thousand years ago, with origins in particular among the Caribbean Arawak people.After being very popular in the Victorian and Napoleonic era, today it seems to have partially lost its fame.It is popular as an addition to gluten-free cooking and similar to tapioca flour and cassava in many ways. Arrowroot is made from several root plants, including cassava or yuca root, but also other varieties of tropical plants grown in Asia and Africa.
Maranta starch is high in starch, low in calories, low in protein and fat, and lacks all the most common allergens (gluten, nuts, seeds, dairy products).Most people use maranta starch to “bind”, thicken and moisten recipes just like tapioca.
All Properties and Benefits
Maranta flour absorbs a good quantity of water and forms a smooth consistency similar to gel. The percentage of use fluctuates between 5 and 12% on the dough / total compound: between 5 and 7% gives a substance similar to mayonnaise, from 7 to 12% instead gives a rather solid structure, similar to panna cotta. In any case, the possible presence of eggs, fruit purees, flour, flakes, bran, etc. it increases their thickening power.
Used instead at about 10% (up to 100%) in desserts, in combination with wheat flour, it improves friability. Excellent addition to desserts such as puddings, cakes or creams but it is also used in savory dishes such as spicy sauces and broth.
As it is said it replaces the flour, and this is its major advantage, but there is more: it helps in digestion, regulates bowel movement thanks to its emollient effects, maintains regular values between acidic and alkaline foods, it is easily digestible even for newborns.
It can be used as an alternative to breast milk, and is also recommended for pregnant women, it is an excellent source of potassium that helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
It is suitable for those on a gluten- free diet and is considered easy to digest even for people with dietary restrictions, digestive problems or struggling with recurrent diarrhea.
Even if not eaten, it can give benefits to our body: it is present in creams and talcs, helping to keep the skin soft and well hydrated; it is also found in hair dyes, given the ability to thicken the ingredients well; in some parts of the world, the arrowroot rhizomes are used on wounds and insect bites, favoring the elimination of poison after scorpion and spider bites.