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Achiote seed

Other names: bijol, annotto, annotto seed

Achiote (annatto) is used both as a spice and a dye. It is the "yellow" coloring in margarine but is commonly used in Mexican and Indian cooking. Annatto is available in whole seed, powder, and paste (used for a Yucatan specialty "recado")
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Substitute for achiote seed

For 1 1/2 tsp achiote seed substitute 1 teaspoon achiote powder OR 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika (lacks tart flavor) or for color only use a teaspoon crushed safflower florets.

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