Primitive Technology: Polynesian Arrowroot Flour

  • Published on:  5/31/2019
  • Primitive Technology: Polynesian Arrowroot Flour - Creating Polynesian arrowroot flour from scratch.Subscribe: | Never miss a video! Enable ‘ALL’ Notifications!More videos, watch me build stone planters for Yams from scratch: Primitive Technology:Wordpress: https://primitivetechnology.wordpress...Patreon: More Primitive Technology:Latest Uploads: Videos: This Video:I gathered polynesian arrowroot, grated it, extracted and dried the starch and cooked it into gelatinous, pancake shaped food that tasted like rice noodles. Polynesian arrow root is a plant in the same family as yams but with a different growth habit. It has a single, branching leaf and a single tuber below ground. They were brought to Australia about 5000 years ago as one of the "canoe" plants carried by Polynesian seafarers and grow wild in the hills near my hut to this day. The tubers are rich in starch but have a bitter compound that needs to be leached out with water to be made edible. This same compound is traditionally a medicine in small quantities for treating a range of illnesses from gastrointestinal upset to snake bite. I dug up the tubers which took about 3 minutes to do per plant, yielding one golf ball sized tuber each. These were then washed and grated into a pot using a roof tile. The resulting mash was mixed with water and allowed to settle. The white milky water was then scooped into a second pot and the starch was allowed to settle. The water was then poured off and more starch water was tipped in. At this stage the starch was still bitter, so it was mixed with water, allowed to settle and the clear water above was poured off several times removing this bitterness. When it tasted good, the paste was put onto a tile to dry over a fire. Some of it cooked and became small rubbery pieces of starch. The dry flour was stored in a pot. Some of this was then mixed into a paste and cooked on a tile like a pancake. It turned clear when cooked and has a rubbery texture. It tasted just like a rice noodle which is unsurprising considering the ingredients are nearly the same. Starch is the largest carbohydrate in the human diet. Polynesian arrowroot starch contains 346 calories per 100 g (wheat contains 329) and so the discovery of this staple food is fairly significant. It can be stored indefinitely if kept dry and away from weevils or can be stored as live tubers for six months (then they begin to sprout and should be planted). The live tubers bitterness means animals will not eat them which is good for storage. I may cultivate some in a small plot in the hills near where I dug them up. They are numerous in the wild but may produce more if the soil is tilled.About Primitive Technology:Primitive technology is a hobby where you build things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. These are the strict rules: If you want a fire, use a fire stick - An axe, pick up a stone and shape it - A hut, build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without utilizing modern technology. I do not live in the wild, but enjoy building shelter, tools, and more, only utilizing natural materials. To find specific videos, visit my playlist tab for building videos focused on pyrotechnology, shelter, weapons, food & agriculture, tools & machines, and weaving & fiber.


    RULERofSTARS 2 months ago+4343

    I saw Ray Mears do pretty much the same thing but with roasted, ground acorns. He left them in a mosquito net in a stream to wash out the tannin.

  • Mu Effe
    Mu Effe 2 months ago+2919

    This upload gives energy, improving mood almost immediately.

  • Sterling Archer
    Sterling Archer 1 months ago+1352

    out of respect, i refuse to watch any other primitive tech channels.

  • Nasytical
    Nasytical 1 months ago+790

    This is my favorite primitive channel because it's the original guy who started this

  • Mata
    Mata 2 months ago+911

    Primitive technology episode 800: Invading nearby colony for resources

  • Pixelar
    Pixelar 2 months ago+302

    the "sphth" when he spat out the unprocessed tuber was the closest we'll ever get to him talking

  • Starctic
    Starctic 2 months ago+6334

    Oh hell yeah, we just hit the Pancake Age

  • Naz
    Naz 2 months ago+250

    Mom: “play outside!”
    Him: proceeds to become a caveman and never came back home

  • Martzen Couperus
    Martzen Couperus 7 days ago+51

    You are the only primitive technology channel i watch because
    1: more original content
    2: doesn't make endless pools
    3: makes content worth watching

  • Malk Avian
    Malk Avian 2 months ago+217

    To ALL the newcomers!!! ----> Turn the captions on.
    You're welcome and have fun re-watching. xD

  • Eli's Animations & More
    Eli's Animations & More 1 months ago+85

    We should give our ancestors credit for figuring out how to do something like this!

  • Саша З
    Саша З yesterday+3

    Почему-то стало жаль человека, который готовит "блинчик" из крахмала и воды.
    На ровном месте, просто внезапно жаль ^^" будто это необходимость, а не хобби человека

  • username
    username 2 months ago+846

    I just realized the reason he doesn't speak is because he hasn't invented language yet.

  • badlandskid
    badlandskid 1 months ago+76

    6:20 the first primitive gasket! Prepare for the hydraulic age.

  • Craigvr
    Craigvr 7 days ago+18

    I think Aliens watch us make Tesla cars with the same kind of glee

  • ThatOtherAsian
    ThatOtherAsian 2 months ago+1809

    2:32 "Ptu"
    That will be closest we will ever get to hearing his voice.

  • Sir FishSlayer
    Sir FishSlayer 20 hours ago

    Can't wait until I get your book. Already on the pre-order list.
    You blow my mind. In about 4 years you have almost 9.7 million subscribers...without a word you have ruled!
    I wonder if you have set any records. I have no idea, but you are definitely one of the best. Thanks for what you do. Keep it up!

  • Fox _ Squash
    Fox _ Squash 7 days ago+14

    Mom: Try it, you’ll like it.
    Me: 2:28

  • Heitor Ikeda
    Heitor Ikeda 13 hours ago

    do you know the proccess of making tapioca/cassava flour? is it in any way similar to this one?

  • Dennis Ivan Chavez
    Dennis Ivan Chavez 1 months ago+29

    YouTube is so full of primitive videos now
    But we all know who were the pioneers