The arrowroot, a rootcrop, grows in any kind of soil, but it prefers a somewhat shaded area such as that under coconut trees, and where rainfall is even the whole year round. Its roots can withstand typhoons and may be left in the ground for a long time. It will grow from any small piece of its root crop left in the soil. Arrowroot is ready to harvest ten months after planting.
In ordinary soil, it can harvest about 18 tons per hectare. However, it was proven that if the soil is fertilized with 90 kilos nitrogen per hectare, the harvest can go up as high as 18 tons per hectare. When the fertilizer was doubled, the harvest reached 27 tons per hectare.
Uses of the Arrowroot Plant
The arrowroot is used as food for both man and animal, and as materials in the manufacture of medicines as well as in industry, such as:
- flour from arrowroot is used for baking first class biscuits.
- for thickening ice cream.
- like corn, it may be broiled and eaten.
- as poultry feed, it can substitute for 25% yellow corn.
- its stem, leaves and wastes are feed for ruminants (cow, goats, carabao).