ANNATTO SEED GROUND 1/2 CUP (NET WT 3 OZ)

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ANNATTO SEED GROUND 1/2 CUP (NET WT 3 OZ)
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Ground Annatto Seed  or 'bixa orellana ' is the seed from the flowering tree of the Bixaceae family  native to the Caribbean and Central America. It is also known as the 'lipstick tree ' providing these deeply pigmented seeds  which are commonly used to dye cosmetics. When used sparingly  it can mimic the coloring of saffron  giving an economical alternative to the usage of the pricey spice. Annatto Seed is the chief coloring agent in yellow butter  and gives Muenster cheese its distinctive red edge.
In addition to its coloring abilities  the seed has a mild peppery flavor  for which it is most notably used as the main ingredient in achiote paste  a flavoring and coloring agent most widely used in Latin American and Caribbean cuisines. In the Philippines  Annatto Seed is known as 'atsuete ' and is used as a food coloring and many traditional dishes. It is also gaining popularity as a natural food coloring all over the globe. Annatto Seed was probably not initially used as a food additive  but for medicinal purposes  including treatment of heartburn and stomach upset and as a sunscreen and insect repellant. It was also used for body painting and in religious rituals to ward off evil spirits. In modern India  annatto is known as 'sindoor ' and application to the forehead near the hairline indicates that a woman is married.
Annatto Seed is a rich source of antioxidants called tocotrienols  which are similar in structure to vitamin E and are thought to help prevent cancer.

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