Annatto Seeds

These red seeds, harvested from the evergreen annatto tree, are commonly used to color foods, from Cheddar cheese to Mexican soups to chicken tandoori.

Annatto Seeds

They have a mild flavor and are usually ground to a powder before using. Although preground annatto is available, the color will be more vibrant if you purchase whole seeds and grind them yourself, either in a mortar with a pestle or in an electric spice grinder. Annatto seeds can be purchased at grocery stores that stock Asian or Mexican ingredients.

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