Annatto has been used as a substitue for saffron. So much so, it has been called the poor mans saffron. It has been used in place of saffron the achieve a similar color, fragance and taste. The red seeds come from the South and Central American plant, Annatto.
Flavor & Pairing: Annatto seed offers a mildly sweet, nutty, peppery flavor. Pairs well with chili pepper, cumin, bay leaf, garlic, onion, lemongrass, citrus and tomato.
Culinary Uses: Whole or ground annatto seeds can be steeped or roasted in oil, then combined with other spices to create a flavorful paste for rice, beans, meats, stews, soups, and tamales.
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