Anatto seeds

Anatto seeds

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Achiote tree is grown in Central and South America which is scientifically named as Bixa Orellana. It has white to bright pink flowers. Fruits are grown in clusters. The seeds are used to extract annatto that is used as a coloring agent or condiment. Annatto possess various health benefits which is used to promote healthy digestion, prevent neural tube defects, strengthen bones, lower fevers, promote healing, eliminate headaches, protect respiratory stress and lower nausea.



Annatto uses and benefits Quick Facts
Name: Annatto uses and benefits
Scientific Name: Bixa orellana
Origin Indigeneous to Brazil, South and Central America. It is also widely cultivated in Tropical countries such as Mexico, Peru, Indonesia, Ecuador, Kenya, India and East Africa.
Colors Red
Shapes Ovate to broad, Length: 2.5-5 cm
Health benefits Healthy eyes, Antioxidants, Digestive health, Bone health, Prevent chances of birth defects


Name Annatto uses and benefits
Scientific Name Bixa orellana
Native Indigeneous to Brazil, South and Central America. It is also widely cultivated in Tropical countries such as Mexico, Peru, Indonesia, Ecuador, Kenya, India and East Africa.
Common/English Name Achiote, Annatto, Urucum, Lipstick Plant, Colorau, Arnatto, Lipsticktree, Bija, Mugo-simu, Onotillo, Onoto, Orleansstrauch
Name in Other Languages Swedish: annatto;
Assamese: Jolandhar;
Bengali: Latka, latkan;
Bulgarian: Achiote (Ачиоте), Ačiote;
Chinese: Hóngmù (红木), Yānzhī mù (胭脂木);
Czech: Annata;
Dutch: Achiote, Anatto, Annotto, Orleaan, Orleaanboom, Rocou; 
Estonian: Värvibiksa;
Finnish: Annaatto, Annatto;
French: Achiote, Rocou, Rocouyer, roucou;
German: Annatto, Annattostrauch, Orleanstrauch;
Gujarati: Sinduri (सिंदूरी );
Hindi: induriya, latkan, Sinduri, inaduinaya (इनदुिनया), Latkan (लटकन), laalakan (लालकन);
Hungarian: Bjoul, Orleánfa, Ruku;
Indonesian: Kesumba;
Italian: Annatto, Anotto;
Japanese: Beninoki (ベニノキ), okenoki, hiryu-sida;
Kannada: Rangamali;
Korean: a-ci-o-te, a-na-to, Achiote (아치오테), Anato (아나토);
Lao: Dok kham, Sa ti;
Malay: Jarak belanda;
Malayalam: Kurannumannal;
Marathi: Sendri (सेंदरी);
Oriya: Lotkons;
Polish: Arnota;
Portuguese: Anato, Açafroa-do-Brasil, Urucum, Urucú;
Russian: Annato (Аннато), Biksa (Бикса), Pomadnoe derevo (Pomadnoye derevo);
Slovak: Anatto;
Spanish: Achiote, Achote, Annato, roucou;
Tagalog: Achuete, Achwete, Atsuete;
Tamil: cappirā, Kongaram, kŏṅkāram (கொங்காரம்), Sappira, Sappiravirai, Cappirā (சப்பிரா);
Thai: Kam saed, Kam tai, Sati, Khảs̄æd (คำแสด);
Turkish: Arnatto;
Vietnamese: Hot dieu mau;
Chamorro: achoti, achiote;
Fijian: nggesa, qesa, nggisa;
Hawaiian: alaea, kūmauna, alaea la‘au;
Palauan: burk, búrek;
Pohnpeian: doaloa rais;
Samoan: loa, loa, loa
Tahitian: ‘uaefa;
Tongan: loa;
Wallisian: loa, lo‘a;
Yapese: rang;
Visayan: Sotis
Plant Growth Habit Evergreen, tall shrub
Growing Climate Sub-tropical to Tropical
Soil Moderately fertile
Plant Size Height: 6-10 m (20-33 ft)
Trunk Diameter: 20-30 cm
Bark Dark gray
Leaves Ovate, round with heart shaped base and pointed tip, Length: 10-20 cm; Width: 5-10 cm
Flower Bright, white to pink
Fruit shape & size Ovate to broad, Length: 2.5-5 cm
Fruit color Red
Flavor/aroma Slightly nutty, peppery, sweet
Seed Reddish to orange, Length: 0.3-0.5 cm, Diameter: 0.2-0.3 cm; pyramidal to conical


References: Traditional uses

  • It is used to treat bronchitis and heal wounds.
  • The infusion made from leaves helps to treat sore throat, bronchitis and eye inflammation.
  • It is used to treat tonsilitis, sunstroke, leprosy, burns, apnoea, pleurisy, recta discomfort, apnoea and headaches.
  • It is used as a wash for skin infections and cure for stomach adn liver disorders.
  • It is used as a repellant for flies and mosquitoes.
  • Shoots and leaves possess febrifugal, astringent and aphrodisiac properties.
  • It is used as a treatment for rashes, diarrhea, dysentery, sores and swellings.
  • The decoction made from leaves is used as a gargle for throat and mouth infections.
  • Annatto is used for fluid retention, malaria and hepatitis.
  • It is also used as a bowel cleanser.
  • It is used to treat vaginal infections.
  • It is used to treat skin problems, dysentery, fevers and hepatitis.
  • Roots are used as an aid for digestive health and cough suppressant.
  • It is used to treat rashes, cuts and other ailments.
  • The infusion made from bark and leaves are useful for stomachache, dysentery, nausea, vomiting, stomach problems and acid reflux.
  • Apply the boiled leaved to the body and head for the treatment fever.
  • For sore throat, use boiled leaves as a gargle.
  • Mix the coconut oil and pounded leaves and apply it to forehead for the treatment of headaches.
  • The poultice made from leaves is useful for the treatment of gonorrhea.
  • Its leaves are useful for snake bites.
  • The pulp of Annatto is useful to eliminate scars caused due to blisters and also stops bleeding.
  • The seeds and bark are used for treating thinning hair.
  • The branches and bark are used to promote menstrual flow and also alleviates menstrual pain.
  • The decoction prepared from pulp of Annatto seeds are treatment for coughs.
  • The decoction made from leaves is used to eliminate the symptoms of heat stroke.


  • Sensitive people might get allergic reactions.
  • Allergic people should avoid it.
  • Pregnant and lactating women should consult the doctor for use.
  • It might increase or decrease the level of blood sugar. People with diabetes should use it carefully.

How to Eat         

  • It is used as a food coloring for adding yellow or orange color to cheese, butter, cakes, sausages, baked goods, snack foods, potatoes, smoked fish, breakfast cereals and popcorn.
  • It is used to form paste and powder used in Filipino, Chamorro, Jamaican and Latin American cuisines.
  • It is used for sauce of pancit in Philippines.
  • The seeds are grounded or used to make annatto oil.
  • Grounded seeds are added to stews and soups.
  • Meat is also marinated with annatto colored seasonings.

Other Facts        

  • Central America, Africa, Sri Lanka, South America, Caribbean and India are the main producers commercially.
  • Annatto oil has high content of beta-carotene, tocotrienols, saturated, unsaturated fatty acids, essential oil, Vitamin C and flavonoids.
  • Seeds were used by American natives to make lipstick and red body paint.





Colour : red
Shape : pieces
Purity : 99%
Moisture : 10 %
Hybrid : no
Drying Process : AD
Shelf life : 1 year
Packing :  50 kgs Jute bags or as buyer’s request


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