Annatto Seed - BIXA ORELLANA
(Whole) (Organically Grown) Available in 1 OZ, 1/4 LB, 1/2 LB, 1 LB.
Description: Annatto Seed is from the heart-shaped, rose colored fruit of the Achiote shrub, a member of the Bixaceae family. Annatto is the natural pigment produced from the bright crimson seed coats which yield the red dye bixin and the yellow dye orellin. It is an FDA approved natural colorant. The scent of Annatto seed is slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg and the flavor is slightly sweet and peppery.
Other Names: Achiote Seed, Annotta, Aploppas, Bija, Lipstick Pod, Lipstick Tree, Orellana, Orlean, Orleana
Part Used: Seed
Culinary Uses: The dye obtained from the pulp of the seed (called bixin) is a red-orange dye used for coloring rice, cheeses, soft drinks, oil, butter, and soup.
Medicinal Uses: Annatto seed has been used to reduce acid and stimulate digestion.
Precautions and Adverse Reactions: Annatto has been linked with many cases of food-related allergies.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.*