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Arrowroot Cookies; Pride of Sta. Cruz, Marinduque Philippines

by crisdiwata on 16/11/10 at 9:34 am

Arrowroot, or obedience plant (Maranta arundinacea), locally known in the Philippines as Uraro.

Arrowroot, or obedience plant (Maranta arundinacea), locally k,nown in the Philippines as Uraro is a large perennial herb found in rainforest habitats. It is usually planted for obtaining starch from its rhizomes, which is called arrowroot. The roots are dug when it is a year old and are yellowish white, jointed and covered with loose scales. In the Americas, studies show some evidence that it has been developed as early as 7,000 years ago. It’s name was said to be come from aru-aru or meal of meals based on the language of the Caribbean Arawak people and is their staple food. It is also said that the name arrowroot was based on its use in treating poisoned arrow wounds for it draws out the poison when applied to the wounded area.

In Marinduque, arrowroot cookies become one of so many reasons that make the province famous especially the town of Sta. Cruz. Before, producing Uraro or Arrowroot cookies has been difficult because there is no steady supply of the starch from this arrowroot because it take ten months to one year before it is ready for harvest. Traditional processing requires a herculean task and a lot of time. Good thing is, there’s one entrepreneur in the name of Mita Rejano owner of Rejano’s Bakery in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque who tried to find a solution to this problem to ensure a steady production of this cookies who has been a part of the tradition. Now, they are using machine that speed up the process of making arrowroot into flour. Her bakery offers Uraro cookies in different variants such as sugar-free, sugar-free with pinipig, organic, cinnamon, high-fiber and ampalaya-enriched that come in different atrractive packages. Uraro cookies made by Rejano’s bakery are heart-shaped symbolizing the shape of Marinduque Island and its location in the Philippine archipelago. Uraro cookies are now available not just in Marinduque but also in Manila and leading Supermarkets. Many tourist also buy these cookies to be brought in their respective countries.

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Christine Ramsay

Nov 16th, 2010

Very interesting information. I often wondered where arrowroot came from.


Ruby Hawk

Nov 16th, 2010

An interesting article.


Nov 16th, 2010

well written.

LCM Linda

Nov 16th, 2010

Sounds interesting. Hope I can try this cookie in the future. Thanks for sharing.


Nov 16th, 2010

Its good to know, nice share.Thanks.

Brewed Coffee

Nov 16th, 2010

Oooohraru! I love this! Am already craving for it. Bagay sa coffee na iniinom ko ngayon hayyyyyy

yes me

Nov 17th, 2010

liked it cheers


Nov 17th, 2010

Ah yes, uraro. Masarap siya kahit nabubulunan ako minsan. Takaw ko ba? Sa Marinduque pala yan.


Nov 17th, 2010

I didn’t know where they came from. I like them and my mother always had them at home.


Nov 17th, 2010

Great articles.


Nov 17th, 2010

Thanks. First time i have heard of it. I am more the wiser. :)

Raj the Tora

Nov 18th, 2010

well written


Nov 19th, 2010

arrowroot can also be used to thicken sauces

Agnes Chin

Dec 2nd, 2010

I have never seen this before. Hope to try this cookies some day.


Jan 4th, 2011

Nice Share.



Jan 4th, 2011

great share


Jan 4th, 2011

mmmm, would like to try these. Nice article


Feb 14th, 2011

where can u get this??? which mall? thanks

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