Annatto, What it is? Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, CEO Biotechayur Pvt Ltd Odisha India and Best Nutrition

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HAYWARD, Calif. - June 26, 2018 - PRLog -- Annatto (Kumkum)

Botanical Name: Bixa orellana

Dr,Abhay Kumar Pati, CEO Biotechayur, Odisha India and Best Nutrition Inc. Hayward, CA USA.

Achiote, Anatta, Annato, Annotta, Aploppas, Arnotta, Arnotto, Orellana, Orlean, Orleana
French: rocou, roucou
German: Annatto

Italian: annatto

Spanish: achiote, achote
Argentine: urucu
Caribbean: bija, bijol, foucou

Indian: latkhan, sendri
Philipines: achuete, atsuwete

Annatto (Kumkum)  is used both as a spice and a  natural coloring or  dye. Annotto is known to Mexican and Spanish people  as achiote or in the Philippines as achuete .In  USA,  it is used to color confectionery, butter, smoked fish and cheeses. As an effective natural bright red coloring agent, it is also used in cosmetics and textile industries. It provides a bright and exotic  picture for many kinds of dishes.




Annatto seeds are brick red, triangular in size. The seeds are available whole and can often be purchased in a block or paste form at Latin American and Asian markets.

Taste:  slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg
Flavor: slightly sweet and peppery.



Annatto seeds are brick red, triangular in size. The seeds are available whole and can often be purchased in a block or paste form at Latin American and Asian markets.

Taste:  slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg
Flavor: slightly sweet and peppery.

Annatto seeds are washed and dried separately from the pulp of the seed pod for culinary use. They may be added directly to a cooking liquid or infused in hot water until the desired color is obtained and then used for stocks or coloring rice. It is also common to fry the seeds in olive oil for a few minutes (best done in a covered pan as the hot seeds jump), then discard the seeds and use the colored oil. Try using one teaspoon of seeds to 4 tablespoons of oil. Annatto seeds should be kept out of light in an airtight container.

As mentioned above, annatto is used for coloring cheeses, confectionery, butter.  It is more widely used in the Caribbean and Latin America, especially Guatemala and Mexico. The seeds are also particularly associated with Filipino cuisine,

Cultivation

A shrub indigenous to the Caribbean and Central America, with shiny heart-shaped leaves, sometimes with reddish veins. An attractive pink flower made it popular as a hedge plant in colonial gardens. The fruit capsule is heart-shaped, like a beech pod, with opposing clefts and red prickly spines. When ripe, the pod splits in half to reveal about fifty seeds encased in a red pulp. The pulp is used in many commercial dye products.
 Bixa orellana is commercially grown for the dye product and for its seeds as a spice. It requires a tropical setting in a loamy soil at altitudes below 1,000 m (3,000 ft).dr.kumarpati@bestnutrition.com
We want to cultivate this on a large scale. Hope readers would contact me.

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