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Annatto is often used as a substitute for saffron. The spice has an earthy, nutty flavor that works well in hot and cold dishes alike. Annatto ground is a spice that provides color to many dishes, and it can also be used as an ingredient in skincare products. Annatto has been known since at least the 16th century for its medicinal qualities as well- including aiding digestion.

Origin: Peru

Flavor profile: sweet, peppery, nutty, earthy

Used in: rice, grains, beans, chicken, fish, food coloring

Health benefits: aids in digestion, lowering diabetes, lowering heartburn