Annatto Seed Powder

Annatto is a type of food coloring made from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana), which grows in tropical regions in South and Central America .  The seeds inside are small, red, and are loaded with vitamins and minerals that help the body in numerous ways.  It is estimated that 70% of natural colors is derived from these small colorful seeds. 


Traditionally, it was used for body painting, as sunscreen, as an insect repellant, and for treating disorders, such as heartburn, diarrhea, ulcers, and skin issues.  Today, it’s mainly used as a natural food coloring and for its flavor profile.