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What Is Annatto?

Posted on August 09, 2011 by Samantha Gendler, Senior Editor

Our Guide to Food Ingredients, which is very helpful in deciphering ingredients like “annatto,” is now available in many different formats!

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Also known as: annatto extract, annatto seed, norbixin.
Commercial source: vegetable.
Used in: margarine, shortening, cheese, seasonings, sausage casings.
Definition: A natural yellow-orange food coloring derived from a tree seed.

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