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annatto

[ə′näd·ō]
(botany)
Bixa orellana. A tree found in tropical America, characterized by cordate leaves and spinose, seed-filled capsules; a yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulp around the seeds is used as a food coloring.

Annatto

 

(Bixa orellana), a tall shrub or small tree of the family Bixaceae. The alternate leaves are cordate-ovate. The large, five-parted flowers are in terminal panicles. The fruit is a polyspermous bivalve capsule. The annatto is native to tropical America. It has been cultivated for a long time in tropical countries of the Old and New Worlds to obtain an orange dye, also known as annatto. The dye is obtained from the fleshy outer covering of the seeds and is used mainly to color butter, margarine, cheese, and similar food products. Indians used the dye as body paint. The annatto is also used as a hedge and as a windbreak.

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From a distance this hard cheese bears a resemblance to a melon slice, having a brown skin and bright orange colour created by the natural colourant anatto.
Dish: Chuletas Yucateca or Yucatan-style pork chops with anatto seeds and grilled red onions.
OSIERS RENNET ANATTO TINIER ETERNE SIREES RUTILE URANIA SINTER INTURN NARINE ELATER RUTINS URINAL TANTRA INTUIT LIERNE EARNER