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Annatto Seed Whole (Achiote)




The key ingredient in Achiote Paste, Annatto is a powerful natural colour.

Other Common Names

Achiote, Achuete, Bija, Bijol, Latkhan, Roucou, Lipstick Tree, Urucu, Natural Colour E1606, Botanical Name: (Bixa orellana)

Description & Use

Annatto seeds are small, indented, pyramid-shaped seeds with a powdery, red-oxide-like covering. The flavour is mild, somewhat peppery and earthy. The popularity of natural colours in processed foods has made annatto a common ingredient, replacing many of the artificial colours that some people are allergic to. Annatto is essential for making achiote paste, a South American seasoning that is rubbed onto meat, particularly chicken, before cooking.

For more information see our What is Achiote? Blog

To make Achiote Paste; blend equal parts annatto, oregano, cumin seed, black peppercorns and whole allspice. Grind finely and add sufficient water to create a paste. Store in the freezer, then to season meat, mix paste with garlic, salt and vinegar to taste, and rub onto meat and allow to marinate for 30 minutes before cooking.
Produce of China packed in Australia.



Nutritional Information
Per 100g
Energy (kj) 1673
Protein (g) 20
Carbohydrate (g) 60

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