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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.



(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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For example, tocopherols are found in soy oil; mixtures of tocopherols and tocotrienols are found in palm oil; and tocotrienols are found in annatto oil.
A feasible option for annatto seeds is the powder form, which can be incorporated to other seed powders traditionally consumed in breads and cookies, among others.
This "natural'' product (which is usually found in the popcorn aisle) contains the very non-natural partially hydrogenated soybean oil, as well as maltodextrin and extracts of annatto.
So the inside of a Butterfinger will no longer be dyed orange using artificial ingredients but will use annatto instead
2 Once the meat is tender, add the ground peanuts, peanut butter, and colouring (water from the annatto mixture) and simmer for 5 to 7 mins.
Seal oil in vacuum bag with annatto seeds and chili flakes.
He recalls his father using annatto (Bixa orellana) to dye the clothes of Vaishnav ascetics a traditional orange-yellow, and he also reminisces about making his own toys from discarded bamboo sticks and clay.
While palm and rice yield a tocotrienol-tocopherol mixture, annatto is the only tocopherol-free source of tocotrienols (Figure 1).