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The annatto seed is the most popular and common ingredient in Central American cuisine. The whole annatto seeds are bright red, like small bits of coals in our kitchen bucket. The spicy, smoky flavor of this traditional condiment adds a certain something to any dish it accompanies; making up for what may be lacking elsewhere with its rich color lending additional depth and variety to your cooking techniques.

Origin: Peru

Flavor profile: sweet

Used in: rice, grains, beans, chicken, fish, turkey, okra, plantains, tomatoes, pumpkin, peppers, or sweet potatoes

Health benefits: Helps with diabetes, diarrhea, fevers, fluid retention, and heartburn.