But what is Achiote Oil? Achiote is a natural food coloring spice, obtained by simmering the Achiote seeds in oil, then strain them. You can compare it with saffron, which is extremely expensive or to other similar options that are affordable such as; ground cumin, paprika, turmeric or those little coloring packs of Sazón, smile.
The Achiote seeds are deep red and they grow inside some hairy pods. They also come from a tree that grows only in tropical areas like the Caribbean. Once you simmer the seeds in oil, they infuse the oil with this rich orange, reddish kind of color. Furthermore, it adds flavor and is also sweet-smelling.
In Puerto Rico Achiote oil is used a lot and my favorite use is to provide color and flavor to the famous pasteles masa, or dough! Smile. Love it!
You can purchase Achiote in any Latin Market where you live.
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