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Annatto, Ground

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Achiote, Spanish for annatto, is common in Caribbean and South American cooking. It has been called "poor man's saffron" for the color is similar to the more prized seasoning.

  • Weight: 3.35 oz.(95 grams)
  • Pieces: Ground
  • Package: Plastic Jar

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At first glance, annatto seeds resemble fishbowl gravel. The color of terra cotta and the shape of small stones, this spice looks rather inedible. Annatto seeds are often ground for cooking or processed to use as a "culinary dye."
The thin coating of the seed is removed to produce a basic pigment known as "bixin." This is what gives color to butter and cheese as well as salad dressings, fish products and confections.
Annatto is a shrub native to the Caribbean, South and Central Americas. Also referred to as the Lipstick tree, it has glossy leaves and pink starburst flowers. Seed pods are picked just as they begin to split and then dried in the sun. Peru is the largest producer while Brazil and Kenya are both known as major annatto processors.
Achiote, Spanish for annatto, is common in Caribbean and South American cooking. It has been called "poor man's saffron" for the color is similar to the more prized seasoning. The ground seeds are often found in sauces, stews and rice dishes.
The flavor is "earthy," somewhat dusky but rich. The seeds give off a lemony odor but none of that comes across in the taste. Ground seeds are available, too. Use the powder for enhancing sauces, chicken dishes and Mexican recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 tsp.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 7.2 Calories from Fat 0.7 (0%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 0.3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1.36g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.72g 3%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0.26g 1%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.

Ingredients: Annatto Seed, Ground.

Cooking Ideas

Annatto is used in cooking to impart a rich yellow color and mild, distinctive flavor to foods such as rice and sauces, cheeses, fish and salad oil, and can be used as an inexpensive subsitute for saffron

Health Benefits

  • Annatto contains amino acids, calcium, iron and phosphorus, as well as vitamins B-2 and B-3. Annatto also contains beta-carotene and vitamin C, which are both potent antioxidants that help to prevent free-radical induced damage to your cells and DNA.
  • It also contains the phytochemicals cyanidin, ellagic acid, salicylic acid, saponins and tannins. Phytochemicals are compounds found naturally in plants that help to prevent and treat disease in humans.
  • Annatto seeds have diuretic, antibacterial and astringent properties.
  • They are also used to help tone, balance and strengthen the liver and reduce liver inflammation.
  • They are also purported to lower total cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure and treat edema.

How to Store

Stored in an airtight glass jar out of the sunlight in a cool, dry place.

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Annatto, Ground

Annatto, Ground

Achiote, Spanish for annatto, is common in Caribbean and South American cooking. It has been called "poor man's saffron" for the color is similar to the more prized seasoning.

  • Weight: 3.35 oz.(95 grams)
  • Pieces: Ground
  • Package: Plastic Jar

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