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Arrowroot is a perennial plant growing to a height of between 0.3 m (1 ft) and 1.5 m (5 ft). Its leaves are lanceolate. The edible part of the plant is the rhizome. Twin clusters of small white flowers bloom about 90 days after planting. The plant rarely produces seed and reproduction is typically by planting part of a rhizome with a bud. Rhizomes are ready for harvesting 10–12 months after planting as leaves of the plant begin to wilt and die. The rhizomes are fleshy, cylindrical, and grow from 20 cm (8 in) to 45 cm (18 in) long.[3] The arrowroot plant probably originated in the Amazon rainforest of north-western Brazil and neighboring countries. It grows best between temperatures of 23 °C (73 °F) and 29 °C (84 °F) with annual precipitation between 150 cm (59 in) and 200 cm (79 in). The dormant rhizomes can withstand temperatures as low as 5 °C (41 °F).[4] In the continental United States, arrowroot is cultivated as an outside plant only in southern Florida

Uses:- Currently arrowroot starch is used in food preparations and confectionery, and for industrial applications such as cosmetics and glue. The residue of starch extraction has a high fibre content and can be fed to livestock.[


Family Maran taceae Odour Characteristic odour
Latin Name Maranta arundinacea Herb Extract Ratio10:1
Sanskrit Name Sita tavakshira Water solubility Hydro Alcohol soluble 70%
Common Name Arrowroot Alkaloid Tannin : About 2.5%
Solvent Used Water Taste Sweet Taste
Storage Condition Store in a Dry and cool place in double PP bag with container.Appearance White Powder

Total heavy metal NMT 10 ppm

Total heavy metal NMT 10 ppm Arsenic – NMT 3 ppm
Lead- NMT 10 ppm
Cadmium – NMT 0.3 ppm
Mercury – NMT 1 ppm
Microbial Profile – Total Plate Count NMT 1000 CFU/G
Yeast & Moulds NMT 100 CFU/G
E-Coli Absent
Salmonella Absent
Staphylococcus aureus Absent/G
Pseudomonas Absent/G


The tuber contains Starch (25-30%), moisture 64%, crude protein 1.6%, fat 0.2%, dextrin and sugars 2.1% and crude fibre 3.9%

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