Annatto Powder

Annatto powder is a spice derived from the seeds of the achiote tree. It is also called achiote, as well as roucou and in the Philippines, atswete. Its flavor has been described as both peppery and reminiscent of nutmeg, but its primary use is as a natural food coloring; it is widely used in Central and South America and the Caribbean in rice dishes, but it is also used as a coloring agent in cheeses, cereals, and other products. It is native to South America (probably Brazil) but now grows in many of the world’s tropical regions.