Primitive Technology: Polynesian Arrowroot Hashbrown
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About This Video:
I made a hashbrown from Polynesian arrowroot. A hashbrown is typically made from potatoes where it is mashed and baked on a pan. Here I made it from wild growing Polynesian arrow root instead of potato. I’d made Polynesian arrowroot starch before but this time I cooked the mash along with the starch. It made a sort of gelatinous pancake, similar to dishes made with cassava. The mash needed soaking in water to eliminate bitter compounds that make it unpalatable. The pancake was starchy and still slightly bitter due to time constraints but would taste better if soaked and drained more times. It would make a good famine food if none other were available as the starch is high in energy.

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