Grain & Seed Guide

Annatto Seeds

Annatto SeedsStemming from the achiote tree, annatto seeds are a colorful, healthy, and nutritious addition to the diet. Annatto seeds are grown in South and Central America, and they have been used for centuries as a natural food coloring and preservative, especially in Spanish rice. The vivid red color of the seeds comes from carotenoids, which are plant pigments found in the seed coating. Annatto seeds are high in tocotrienol, a form of vitamin E. They are also a rich source of antioxidants, which are beneficial for protecting skin cells, as well as minerals like calcium, sodium, and iron. Annatto is used to improve digestion, help manage diabetes, strengthen healthy bones, and reduce signs of aging. Food For Life uses annatto seeds to produce the healthiest sprouted grain waffles available.