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    Annatto Extract

    Annatto Extract in Tradeasia

    IUPAC Name

    Bixa Orellana Extract

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    Basic Info


    Red Powder

    Common Names

    Annatto Extract, Alpha Norbixin, Bixa Orellana Extract, Anchiote Extract


    25 Kg Bag

    Brief Overview 

    Annatto extract is an orange-red condiment extracted from the seeds of the achiote tree. The seeds originate from Brazil and Mexico and thrive in tropical climates. Besides the vibrant colors it imparts, annatto extract has a nutty, peppery taste. Hence, it is popular in the food industry as it can be incorporated into food in various ways. Its naturally occurring color is also used in the textile industry as dye. The main component of annatto extract is bixin and norbixin, which contributes to the vibrant orange-red color it imparts.

    Manufacturing Process

    Bixa Orellana seeds are obtained and dissolved in a solvent to release the annatto extract in the seeds. Filtration is then carried out to remove the insoluble materials in the extract. After which, the filtrate undergoes processing to remove wax and fats. Subsequent processing involves the removal of fats and waxes, solvent removal, crystallization, and drying.


    Food Industry

    Annatto extract is commonly used in food products as food coloring to improve the appearance of food. It is also used as a spice as it imparts a nutty, peppery taste.

    Textile Industry

    In the textile industry, annatto extract is used to make fabric dye.


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