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Annatto Annatto

Bixa orellana L.

Botanical family: Bixaceae

annatto is a tree native of tropical South American regions. It is also called urucum in Brazil and achiote in Spanish speaking countries. It is also grown in southern Asia. Its fruits are red and prickly, mature they open and leave theire red seeds appear. The fruits are harvested and dried to extract the wax that surrounds the seeds, very rich in carotenoids. The Indians of South America and Caribean islands use it as a pigment for their body paintings, and as a natural sunscreen.

Geographical origin: Brazil, Peru
Composition, actives:

annatto is 100 times richer in beta-carotene than carrots, it has a very high content of vitamin E (about 3%), selenium, magnesium and calcium.

Part used: seed
Applications, properties:

the annatto is currently used as food coloring (European code E160b)


we offer Annatto under the following forms :


  • Powder (seeds)
  • Oleous extract


Organic certificationavailable too.


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