Other: achiote, lipstick tree
Bixa orellana L.
Plant Family: Bixaceae
where in the world
habitat and range for annatto
Annatto originates from the tropical region of South America, it is cultivated there and in Southeast Asia, where it was introduced by the Spanish in the 17th century. The main annatto growers are Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.
Annatto Seed is a South and Central American herb producing small, dark, red seeds with a faint, flowery odor. The tree was introduced to the Philippines during its Spanish period. In 1540, the Spanish mercenary Gonzalo Pizarro left the plunder of the Incan Empire on rumors that groves of cinnamon trees were to be found in the Amazon basin. Almost his entire force perished in the jungle. He escaped by sailing down the Amazon, his primary plunder the annatto berries he found instead of cinnamon.
The seed (in cooking) or the seed coat (for commercial food production).
Ground seeds or seed coats.
Annatto Seed has been used for centuries to keep food from spoiling.
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
1oz, 4oz, 8oz, 1lb