Annatto Seeds

Annatto Seeds
Annatto Seeds
Annatto Seeds Annatto Seeds
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Annatto Seed

Annatto Seed, sometimes called achiote seed, is used more for its color than for its flavor. The brick-orange seed of the achiote tree, annatto tastes delicately earthy, nutty, and mildly sweet, with a hint of pepper. It does not have a pronounced smell. Thanks to the profoundly red hue of the seeds, the achiote tree has been nicknamed “the lipstick tree” and does contribute its color to various cosmetic applications. The color comes from the interplay of bixin and norbixin, chemical compounds derived from the breakdown of carotenoids. These pigments are soluble in both oil and water, which is rare, and comprise up to 7% of the dry seed.

Americans are most familiar with Annatto Seed as the natural colorant used to produce orange cheddar cheese. Orange became the acceptable color for cheddar after dairy farmers discovered that when cows are fed fresh grass, the cheese from their milk had a vibrant yellow tone. This was due to the carotenes present in fresh grass; hay, while easier to store and use as feed, lacked the photosynthetic carotenes and produced creamy white cheeses. The public perceived the orange color to be more healthful and so, farmers dyed their cheese to perpetuate the ideal.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Soak Annatto Seed in oil to create a flavored cooking oil; this is a wonderful cooking medium for Caribbean and Mexican foods. Use it to fry the chicken in arroz con pollo, and add seeds to the water in order to give the rice its distinctive golden hue. Use the oil as a base for curry. Add Annatto Seed to a soaking liquid for a marinade, and marinate chicken or fish, and even tofu. Add judiciously; even though the flavor is mild, too much annatto can impart overwhelming earthiness that may overwhelm a dish. Annatto Seeds are extremely hard and almost impossible to grind at home. Should you want it in powdered form, we recommend that you buy Ground Annatto separately.

Our Annatto Seed is grown in India.

This product is certified kosher.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.5g1%

Dietary Fiber1.2g5%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

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13 total ratings.

Jim L. (Verified buyer) 08/14/2021
Very satisfied Far better than than buying the processed achiote. I use a coffee grinder to make fresh then add to some olive oil and heat low with fresh garlic and chili for a wonderful sauté oil.

Barbara M. (Verified buyer) 12/22/2019
Perfect for Spanish Rice I use annatto seeds to color my Spanish rice. I prefer the seeds over annatto powder. These were priced so much lower than other websites, I worried about the quality. Glad I bought these. It's perfect and the color is beautiful. Oh and Spices Inc also sent me a free sample of their Pennsylvania Black Pepper. I'm a fan!

jeff m. (Verified buyer) 11/16/2019
Annatto Delivery was prompt and the freshness and quality was great. I’ll buy again from Spices Inc. 😎

Eleanor G. (Verified buyer) 10/24/2018
Annato Seeds Sauteed the seeds in a skillet with olive oil and got that rich red flavor. Rubbed chicken and pork chops with the oil, some spices I like and put on the grill. It was fantastic. Going to do steaks next.

roland (Verified buyer) 01/30/2018
Annatto Seed I use them for mostly chicken dishes. They have a unique flavor and blend I use regularly when I have them.

Thanh (Verified buyer) 08/30/2017
Annatto Seed I have found so far. Fast delivery + quality spices. I would always come back 4 my spices.

Anonymous (Verified buyer) 01/13/2017
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Michael P. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2016
Annatto Seed Simply Awesome!!

David (Verified buyer) 06/01/2015
Annatto Seed Great flavor.

Anonymous (Verified buyer) 01/26/2011
Annatto Seed A dish I grew up with growing up on Guam!!
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