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Annatto Seed, “poor man’s saffron”, is used as a seasoning and a source of color. It is frequently used as a natural dye in dairy products like cheese and butter because it gives a nice yellow color to these foods. Many high-end brands use the vibrant red as a coloring agent in their lipsticks.


Annatto seeds are usually steeped in oil or ground to a powder prior to adding to recipes. The flavor can be described as earthy, musky, and slightly peppery. The infused oil is a rich red color that can be added to sauces and sautées. It is considered an antioxidant.



Bixa Orellana






Seed / Whole


Achiote Paste / Recado Rojo

Achiote Beans Recado

Alino Criollo

Annatto Rice with Sausage & Tomato

Arroz Con Pollo

Lemon Achiote Grilled Tofu 

Roasted Cauliflower With Annatto Seed Oil



Annatto Seed Whole

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  • Store herbs and spices in tightly capped containers and keep away from heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Here are the suggested shelf lives of each spice category:


    • Ground spices and blends (nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric): 4 to 8 months
    • Herbs (basil, oregano, parsley): 1 to 2 years
    • Whole spices (cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks): 4 years
    • Seeds: 4 years (except for poppy and sesame seeds, which should be discarded after 2 years)
    • Extracts: 4 years (except for vanilla, which will last forever)
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