WHAT IS IT?
Annatto seeds come from the achiote tree and are primarily used in Latin and Carribean cooking but can occasionally be found in Vietnamese & Filipino cuisines. It’s mainly used as a natural colouring agent to change oils to a bright yellowish red hue and used for stews, rice and noodle soups.
HOW IS IT USED?
Annatto seeds are generally used as a colouring agent for recipes. They can be infused into oil or grounded up finely and used directly in marinades or pastes.
The colour it imparts ranges from a golden hue to a bright orange red
Common usages are:
- Stews and Soups
- Rice Dishes
Recipes that use annatto seeds:
WHERE DO I FIND IT?
You can find annatto seeds at Latin, Carribean and some Asian grocers in the spice aisle. Look for bright colour seeds when picking them up at the store. Dark coloured seeds usually means they are old and stale.
They are also easy to find online as well if they cannot be found locally.
It has a very mild nutty and sweet scent. It is a very light flavour and not usually detectable if you are using it in small quantities.
Hard nubby seeds that’s pretty tough to bite through. You don’t generally eat these, once they are infused in an oil or liquid, they are usually discarded.
They can be grounded finely as well and used that way.
Keep Annatto seeds in an air tight sealed container with your spices away from the sun.
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