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Annatto is an orange-red condiment and fabric colouring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa Orellana).  It is often used to impart a yellow or orange colour to fabrics and yarns.
Annatto is mainly native to tropical America.  The seeds are covered with a reddish aril, which is the source of an orange-yellow dye. Annatto paste is also used as a natural dye for cloth and wool and is sometimes also used in painting, varnish, lacquer, cosmetic, and soaps.  


In the annatto seed mainly bixin and norbixin are found in the reddish waxy coating of the seeds. The paste is mainly produced by grinding the achiote seeds. Similar effects can be obtained by extracting some of the colour and flavour principles from the seeds with hot water, oil, or lard, which are then added to the food or fabrics.


Due to its concentration,  dye extract can be used at a level of 5% which is much lower than other forms of dye powder.


Free of any chemicals or processing aids for extraction.


Supplied in a pack of 25g

Annatto Orange Extract - 25g Pack

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