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Growing in Latin and South America, we find the Achiote Tree (Bixa orellana), sometimes known as the "Lipstick Tree".  From the fruits come the seeds from which Annatto (also called "bixin") is extracted.  This substance is used around the world to dye food, fiber and faces.  Although the fruit is not edible, the orange-red, oily pulp that covers the seeds is extracted by stirring the seeds in water to produce a yellow to orange food colouring.  In commercial operations, both the seeds and flesh are processed to extract the dye.

The colouring paste or powder is called "annatto, achiote, roucou, or bijol".  It is also sometimes used as a flavouring.  Do you enjoy eating Cheddar cheese? butter? margarine? snack foods?  then you've probably eaten foods coloured with annatto!

Did you know...

that cheese without colouring added is a pale, creamy colour?  Cheddar cheese was coloured orange using Annatto in the 1800's.  It was thought at that time that high quality cheese were a darker yellow colour because the cows were fed a higher quality green grass.

Central and South American natives also used the seeds to make body paint and lipstick.  This is where the name "Lipstick Tree" comes from.


Red seed pods of Achiote tree

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Red seed pods from which Annatto is made

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Achiote tree fruit seed pods from which red dye Annatto is made

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