Primitive Technology: Polynesian Arrowroot Flour

Primitive Technology: Polynesian Arrowroot Flour


Polynesian arrowroot plant. It has a distinctive appearance, sort of like the potato plant. Also note the distinctive flowers Back at the hut making a basket Fire hardening a digging stick in the furnace Scrapping off the charred wood to form a sharp point This plant is abundant in the hills near the hut, brought here by Polynesian seafarers 5000 years ago. Hammering in the stick is sometimes easier than digging Carefully levering up the tuber The tuber Plant and tuber Leaving the plant intact while harvesting tuber filling in hole Leave the plant to make another tuber next year Each tuber took about 3 minutes to dig up without damaging them Full basket Tuber tastes bitter and needs processing Washing tubers Clean tubers Grating tubers on roof tile (any rough object will do, the tubers are soft) Using a barrel roof tile is easier Scooping gratings into pot of water The starch is separated from the pulp and suspended in water Resultant mash Scooping the starchy water into another pot while leaving the pulp behind Refilling the pot with the mash with water Scooping more starch water into the other pot After the starch settles (a few hours) the clear water is poured off while the starch remains at the bottom Mash pot refilled More starch water transferred More decanting Mash on the right of screen, pure starch on the left Starch still tastes bitter Rinsing starch with water Pouring off bitter compounds in the starch This was done several times, filling with water, settling and pouring off. Tastes good now. Putting on tile to dry Force drying over furnace Dry starch, similar to corn flour Some of it cooked in the heat, forming gelatinous masses The cooked starch is chewy and tastes like rice noodles Storing flour in a pot Making a pancake on a tile flipping cake with a bark spatula Cake is clear, gelatinous and sticky It tastes like a rice noodle and has a similar texture. It has a starchy taste and gives energy, improving mood almost immediately It could probably be dried in noodle form to be stored for future meals or the starch used to thicken soups. Processing the rest of the left over mash Polynesian arrowroot plant, tuber and starch

Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “Primitive Technology: Polynesian Arrowroot Flour

  1. 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.

  2. I swear, if I ever get stranded out in the wilderness, I'm probably going to survive and it's entirely thanks to these videos and this channel.

  3. Very interesting video. I tried it myself, and that is very time consuming work, but the result was worth it. Definitely better when done in large batches. Thanks.

  4. I wish there was an optional voice over with discriptions and instructions, so that blind people could learn and apreciate this to.
    Maybe a primitive thechnology audio book.

  5. Надо с каких то семечек не токсичных масла надавить, дрожжей намутить и тогда можно хлеб испечь.

  6. You should get some more crawfish, par cook and grind up the meat, mix with foraged herbs, (maybe green onion, those can be foraged in the US, not sure about Australia) and make some arrowroot crawfish dumplings. Maybe you can make some sort of steamer apparatus. See how far you can get in cooking foraged food. Maybe you can try it with fish!

  7. who is this person living in the clay hut????
    I want to meet him in person.
    Does anyone know his mobile phone number??
    He is an example of survival lifestyle in the middle of nowhere. I love it.

  8. Вернулись в пещеры… Так проще выжить… Зачем бороться, надо убегать крысой..

  9. when it comes to eating vegetables and fruits, so much knowledge is required to not eat something harmful, that many times I thought that in a situation of real survival, most people would try to hunt and eat only meat … something that… sound difficult.. in different ways(?
    pd: srry by my english, i am using google translate xd

  10. Still eaten in some remote parts of the Pacific. More of a Melanesian staple than a Polynesian one though and instead of arrowroot they extract starch from the Sago palm tree. Still very heartwarming to see something many Pacific Islanders eat brought to light on this platform! This method can be done with any starchy food including commonly found Potatoes and Unripe Green Bananas! Although don't do the taste test with Cassava (a relative of the Arrowroot which is why I kind of irked when I saw him taste it). Raw Cassava has enough cyanide to kill a full grown person in seconds lol. Fun fact this is also the same method that starch for tapioca pearls are used for those trendy bubble/boba teas that are popular in Asia.

  11. You know, I dont know why I keep coming back to this channel… is it because its super interesting, or because the guy is just hot?

  12. Это круто, подписываюсь однозначно)) сам потом попробую, похожее покушать)

  13. Все это конечно круто. Но… Это не примитивные технологии, а способы выживания с ограниченными возможностями.

  14. When he nodded his head in approval, I was shocked. That's the most I've ever heard him say. 5:09 is where it is.

  15. I don’t really think that this guy is impressive.
    This does make me think that Polynesian culture is more impressive though .

  16. I like making things. I pretty much once found a shovel head(just to clarify it was a rock that was like a shovel head not a real shovelhead) and I put it on the end of a particularly thick branch and used it to dig a mud hole. Built one of the shelters seen in these videos, lived there for like 2 days off apples and berry bushes. Could you make a shovel or something like that?

  17. makes me appreciate the progress of a modern society, there is a bread store at the street corner, cheap and easy, look at the effort this caveman made to get a pancake!

  18. При всех цих мультіках!
    Людство не могло вижити!
    Пиздуни!

  19. Время два часа ночи, а я смотрю как какой-то чувак делает муку из полинезийской картохи

  20. To those thinking hes leeching out important antioxidants, realize in survival settings with wild plants (not modern or conventional strains so this can vary), their levels of antinutrients are lower on avg and those compounds only are medicinal in small amounts except a few choice herbs saponin content from what I know about indigenous diets around the world that actually survived to become modern current people of today.

    So soaking, sprouting and fermenting and if possible steam cooking were ways to optimize absorption, indigenous figured out 1 or more of these secrets over time (many lives lost might I add before they did probably), these lower those particular binding nutrients, free up more of the healthful quantities chemically and ups absorption and bioavailability and conversion, mimicking the naturally more available animal vitamins from husbandry or hunting, this made survival and eventually thriving 10x easier cause now they had so much more access to so many calories for energy and survival, and much more carb, protein and fat as well as enzymes and medicinals they indirectly got from much of the food, that plus also the soils natural microbial content added natural probiotic content to their guts, thus making a much more complete meal, though it may lack some of the optimal traits of actual meat, specifically organs, it was far better than just eating fruit by foraging all day or never having stockpiles of food to pull out when having a bad day or week or foraging and hunting or a bad crop year or bad animal or animal product production year even in more modern times during most countries history at some point, where simple tips and knowledge like this made the difference between who starved to death and who stayed a healthy weight until they could pull themselves out of their situation or make the most of it (learn to hunt and forage proficiently enough, enough time to let animals they found or already had reproduce to be sustainable sources of food throughout the year with the vegetation).

    Plants like roots and tubers and herbs were key for survival during the toughest times any human group has faced before modern times, and sometimes those living off the land were in far better hands than those dying of disease in ye old Europe or warring on the inside of the countries or at the borders while the indigenous or people living off the land lived in more remote less traveled or tactically desires areas by the armies, simply because they didnt know how to survive off the land like those people, so theyd just take unessecary attrition traveling that way, and wouldn't disturb many of them for what could have been years, and often by that time the war was won or it was inconsequential to harm them or their land, so it also acts as a natural repellant for war time in some ways if you're looking to stay out the way of worldwide conflict (little tip, live in a remote but livable place and use living off the land methods to give yourself a sustainable setup in case of such events, probably one of your best investments for your livelihood and well being).

    l have a good one everybody

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