The key ingredient in Achiote Paste, Annatto is a powerful natural colour.
Other Common Names: Achiote, Achuete, Bija, Latkhan, Roucou, Lipstick Tree, Urucu, Natural Colour E1606. Botanical Name: (Bixa orellana)
Produce of China packed in Australia.
Description & Use: Annatto seeds are small, indented, pyramid-shaped seeds with a powdery, red-oxide-like covering. The flavour is mild, somewhat peppery and earthy. The popularity of natural colours in processed foods has made annatto a common ingredient, replacing many of the artificial colours that some people are allergic to. Annatto is essential for making achiote paste, a South American seasoning that is rubbed onto meat, particularly chicken, before cooking.
To make achiote paste; blend equal parts annatto, oregano, cumin seed, black peppercorns and whole allspice. Grind finely and add sufficient water to create a paste. Store in the freezer then to season meat, mix paste with garlic, salt and vinegar to taste and rub onto meat and allow to marinate for 30 minutes before cooking.