ALL ABOUT THE PRODUCT
Annatto is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana). ... The color of annatto comes from various carotenoid pigments, mainly bixin and norbixin, found in the reddish waxy coating of the seeds.Others say it's slightly sweet and peppery, musky, or has a flowery scent. In Mexican Everyday, Chicago chef Rick Bayless calls achiote paste (a mixture of annatto seeds and other spices) “a flavor that tastes as though it's been unchanged since pre-Columbian times.
ANNATTO SEEDS GOOD FOR:
The seed and leaf are used to make medicine. People take annatto for diabetes, diarrhea, fevers, fluid retention, heartburn, malaria, and hepatitis. They also use it as an antioxidant and bowel cleanser. Annatto is sometimes put directly on the affected area to treat burns and vaginal infections and to repel insects.