annatto

Pronunciation: [uh-NAH-toh]

A derivative of achiote seed, commercial annatto paste and powder is used to color butter, margarine, cheese and smoked fish.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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