Annatto Seed

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Overview

INDIA TREE 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.
Nutrition
Nutrition
Facts
Serving Size 1g
Servings/Container 56/70
Calories
    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
Allergens
ALLERGENS:
Eggs: No Fish: No Milk: No Peanuts: No
Shellfish: No Soy: No Tree Nuts: No Wheat: No
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