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