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Annatto

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What is it?

Brick red and triangular, annatto seeds (also called achiote) are a common spice in Mexican cooking, especially in the Yucatan, where they’re toasted and ground into flavorful pastes. The seeds impart an earthy flavor and an orange-yellow hue. (In the U.S., they’re used commercially to color foods like Cheddar cheese and margarine.)

How to store:

Like other spices, annatto should be stored in a cool, dark place in an airtight container, where it will last for years, though its flavor may dissipate over time.

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