Our Organic Whole Annatto Seeds are a uniquely flavorful way to add both color and powerful aromas to your dishes. The intoxicating fragrance is slightly peppery with hints of nutmeg and a bit floral, while the flavor has been described as slightly nutty, peppery and a tad sweet. They come from the achiote tree, also known as the ‰Û÷lipstick‰۪ tree, and give a yellow or orange color to foods.
The achiote tree is believed to be from Brazil, being used there for decorative purposes. The color from the seeds would be used as a ritual body paint, and was also used as sunscreen, insect repellent and medicinally. It was used as a food additive for color and flavor throughout Latin America, and brought to Europe by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 1500‰۪s.
Current research is focused on tocotrienols, which is similar to Vitamin E, an antioxidant. It is believed that the compound may have anti-aging effects, which may help prevent the formation of tumors. In addition, some of the compounds in annatto seeds are antimicrobial agents for gram-positive bacteria.
Using at Home
Annatto seeds can be used to add color to foods, replacing the color but not the flavor of saffron. A popular usage for the whole seeds is achiote oil, made by cooking the seeds in hot oil until the skin dissolves and the oil turns bright yellow‰ÛÓthe seeds are then discarded and the oil used for cooking. Or you can try making your own adobo paste, by grinding the seeds with garlic and chili peppers. These all-natural annatto seeds can also be added into jars of pickled veggies to impart a distinct flavor to the brine. Be aware that the seeds are difficult to grind without a good spice grinder, so if you don‰۪t intend to use them whole, you may want to buy pre-ground annatto.
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