Also known as achiote, annatto seeds grow inside the spiny fruits of the achiote tree. Annatto powders primary use through history has been as a coloring agent for makeup, textiles, or to color foods. In particular, many cheeses use annatto powder to achieve an orange or red color such as Mimolette, Red Leicester, and Cheddar.
However, many people are beginning to utilize annatto powder as a spice in and of itself. The flavor is bittersweet with notes of mace and mint. The seeds are often added to oils to flavor and color them, or soaked into hot water to make a flame-colored broth. Combine annatto powder with chili flakes, black pepper, cumin, coriander and salt for and all-purpose seasoning for everything from pickled mushrooms to homemade sausages.
|Basic Preparation||To use, you may add the annatto powder to a recipe or make into an oil. To make the oil, heat one cup of grape seed oil and add two ounces of annatto powder. Cook this mixture for up to 5 minutes, or until the oil has turned an orange color. Strain the seeds out of the oil and refrigerate.|
|Recommended Applications||This product pairs well with rices, grains, beans, chicken, fish, or turkey. Commonly used to prepare vegetables, like okra, plantains, tomatoes, pumpkin, peppers, or sweet potatoes.|
|Taste & Aroma||Bitter or Astringent, Warm & Earthy|
|Product Style||Powder, Seeds/Berries|
|Cuisine||Caribbean, Latin American, Mexican|
|Handling / Storage||Store in a cool, dry place.|
|Shelf Life||2 Years|
|Qualities||Kosher Parve, Non-GMO|
|Country of Origin||Peru|
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We recommend that you consult with your physician or qualified healthcare practitioner before making any significant change in your diet.
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