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Achiote: Add Color to Your Plate With This Spice

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  • Achiote (Bixa orellana), or annatto, is a spice that is used by a large portion of the world’s population
  • Achiote is a well-known spice in Latin American cuisine because of its distinct color. Learn more about it and the various health benefits it offers

Achiote (Bixa orellana), or annatto, is a spice that is used by a large portion of the world's population. It's easy to decipher whether a dish contains achiote through the distinct red-orange color that it gives off. While the main use for achiote is for dyeing and coloring, it also adds a subtle flavor to any dish. In small amounts, achiote does not exude a very strong flavor, but if used copiously, people have noted that it has a subtle peppery taste with a nutty and sweet aroma.


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