Achiote | Annatto

Achiote | Annatto
Common Name: Achiote, Annatto
 

Binomial Nomenclature: Bixa orellana

Culinary Use: Edible portion: Seeds, Spice. The seeds are relatively tasteless. They are briefly steeped in hot oil which is then strained and cooled to be used as a flavouring in various dishes

Medicinal Use:  Astringent, purgative herb that reputedly destroys intestinal worms, lowers fever, improves digestion and has expectorant effects

Fun Fact: Gives cheese and other foods a bright orange hue.