Annatto Seed




Annatto seeds come from the fruit of the annatto tree, an evergreen native to Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In these regions it is used as both a spice and a colorant, adding a golden-orange color to the dishes in which it appears. In Puerto Rico it is used to color the oil in which rice is cooked; in northern Mexico it is used to make achiote, a paste for marinating meat, fish, and poultry; in Yucatan, it is used as a dye for cloth.

Heat INDIA TREE Annatto Seeds in oil, then use the oil to add aroma and color to a chicken dish; grind them with other spices and add to a slow cooking Mexican bean dish; grind them to powder and whisk into a grilled tofu marinade.

To make achiote paste, combine INDIA TREE Annatto Seeds with Mexican oregano, cumin seeds, peppercorns, and whole allspice. Grind this mixture in an electric spice/coffee grinder, sift and grind again. Add only enough water to the ground spices to make a paste. Store in the freezer.

To use, crush a small amount of paste with garlic and sea salt, thin with mild vinegar or bitter orange juice. Allow the meat to marinate in this mixture for 1 or 2 hours, or overnight, before roasting or grilling.
Serving Size 1g
Servings/Container 56/70
    Calories from Fat 0  
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
Total Fat g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Vitamin A IU Vitamin C mg
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber g 0%
Sugars g
Protein g

Calcium % Iron %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000
calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher
or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat: Less than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrates 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
Eggs: No Fish: No Milk: No Peanuts: No
Shellfish: No Soy: No Tree Nuts: No Wheat: No
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