Latin Name : Bixa Orellana
Also known as achiote, annatto seeds grow inside the spiny fruits of the achiote tree. When ground into annatto powder, Annatto’s primary use through history has been as a coloring agent for makeup, textiles, or to color foods.
However, many people are beginning to utilize annatto seed as a spice in and of itself. The flavor is bittersweet with notes of mace and mint. Annatto contains numerous plant-based compounds with antioxidant properties, including carotenoids, terpenoids, flavonoids, and tocotrienols.
– Annatto is a good source of vitamin E, which may protect against age-related heart issues, also several test-tube studies indicate that annatto compounds may reduce numerous markers of inflammation.
– Annatto is suitable for diabetes, diarrhea, fevers, fluid retention, heartburn, malaria and hepatitis. It is also used 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.
– Annatto is high in carotenoids, which can benefit eye health.