Annatto Seed

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  • Bixa orellana
  • Origin: India
Annatto Seed


Common Name

Standardized: annatto
Other: achiote, lipstick tree

Botanical Name

Bixa orellana L.
Plant Family: Bixaceae


Annatto is a South and Central American herb producing small, dark, red seeds with a faint, flowery odor. The tree was introduced to the Philippines during its Spanish period. In 1540, the Spanish mercenary Gonzalo Pizarro left the plunder of the Incan Empire on rumors that groves of cinnamon trees were to be found in the Amazon basin. Almost his entire force perished in the jungle. He escaped by sailing down the Amazon, his primary plunder the annatto berries he found instead of cinnamon.

Parts Used

Dried seed.

Typical Preparations

The seed in cooking, cosmetics, and as a natural food dye.


Annatto has been used for centuries to keep food from spoiling.


No known precautions.
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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.