|Open fruit of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana), showing the seeds from which annatto is extracted.|
Annatto (// or //) is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana), native to tropical regions from Mexico to Brazil. It is often used to impart a yellow or orange color to foods, but sometimes also for its flavor and aroma. Its scent is described as "slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg" and flavor as "slightly nutty, sweet and peppery".
The color of annatto comes from various carotenoid pigments, mainly bixin and norbixin, found in the reddish waxy coating of the seeds. The condiment is typically prepared by grinding the seeds to a powder or paste. Similar effects can be obtained by extracting some of the color and flavor principles from the seeds with hot water, oil, or lard, which are then added to the food.
Annatto and its extracts are now widely used in an artisanal or industrial scale as a coloring agent in many processed food products, such as cheeses, dairy spreads, butter and margarine, custards, cakes and other baked goods, potatoes, snack foods, breakfast cereals, smoked fish, sausages, and more. In these uses, annatto is a natural alternative to synthetic food coloring compounds, but it has been linked to rare cases of food-related allergies. Annatto is of particular commercial value in the United States because the Food and Drug Administration considers colorants derived from it to be "exempt of certification".
The annatto tree B. orellana is believed to originate in tropical regions from Mexico to Brazil. It was probably not initially used as a food additive, but for other purposes such as ritual and decorative body painting (still an important tradition in many Brazilian native tribes, such as the Wari'), sunscreen, and insect repellent, and for medical purposes. It was used for Mexican manuscript painting in the 16th century.
Annatto has been traditionally used as both a coloring and flavoring agent in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Philippines, and other countries where it was taken home by Spanish and Portuguese explorers in the 16th century. It has various local names according to region. Its use has spread in historic times to other parts of the world, and it was incorporated in local culinary traditions of many countries outside the Americas.
Ground annatto seeds, often mixed with other seeds or spices, are used in the form of paste or powder for culinary use, especially in Latin American, Jamaican, Belizean, Chamorro, Vietnamese, and Filipino cuisines. In Mexican and Belizean cuisines, it is used to make the spice recado rojo. In Venezuela, annatto is used in the preparation of hallacas, huevos pericos, and other traditional dishes. In Puerto Rico it is often simmered with lard or olive oil to make annatto-oil or ground with other spices to make sazón and used in several dishes. Pasteles, arroz con gandules, and arroz junto in Puerto Rico also contain annatto where its one of the main ingredients. Annatto paste is an important ingredient of cochinita pibil, the slow-roasted pork dish popular in Mexico. It is also a key ingredient in the drink tascalate from Chiapas, Mexico. In the Philippines, it is used for the sauce of pancit. In Guam, it is used to make a staple rice dish flavored with annatto, onion, garlic, butter, and other spices.
Industrial food coloring
Annatto is used currently to impart a yellow or orange color to many industrialized and semi-industrialized foods, including cheese, ice cream, bakery products, desserts, fruit fillings, yogurt, beverages, butter, oils, margarines, processed cheese, and fat-based products. In the European Union, it is identified by the E number E160b.
"Consumers like the same color cheese, which is why the cheese actually needs to be recolored," says Kasper Hettinga, a chemist and dairy expert at Wageningen University, "and the constant yellow annatto is added to give the cheese a constant yellow color all year round." Because without the additional dye, the color of the cheese would change throughout the year. In the summertime, the cheese has a more bright color, and in the wintertime, the cheese has a 'pale' color instead. For many farmstead cheeses, this doesn't happen; But if you see the cheeses that come out of the industrial manufacturing in the store, you can clearly see the difference in their appearance. Nowadays, annatto is also a very popular dye for coloring cheese in the Netherlands. Even though to the general public, the English cheddar cheese looks more connected to annatto because of its orange appearance, the Dutch people actually acquired this dye much earlier.
It is believed that Dutch traders were the first to establish colonial powers in Guyana and signed formal treaties with indigenous communities, and the Dutch asserted the right of indigenous nations and control their own land (Dooley & Griffiths, 2014). Meanwhile, it is documented that in the 17th century, the Dutch saw Guyana as a source of exotic products, because from 1630 to 1650, Dutch traders mainly traded in food, particularly an orange-red natural colorant, annatto, with the indigenous communities. Zeeland traders under the authority of the West India Company bought annatto from the coasts of Guyana and Suriname and sold it in the Netherlands as "verw". It is described, for example, in the account of Adriaen van Berkel, published in book in 1695. Unfortunately, however, Van Berkel does not mention whether the imported annatto was used for cheese in the 17th century. When did the recoloring of cheese begin? In any case, it has been happening for a long time - We can see traces of possible coloring of the cheese in many aspects. Tracing back to the Golden Age, In Clara Peeters' famous painting Still Life with Cheese, Almonds and Pretzels (estimated date c. 1615), there is a yellowish Gouda cheese. In a similar painting depicted by Floris van Dyck, Still Life with Fruit, Nuts, and Cheese, 1613, a Dutch Gouda cheese is painted in a deep yellow color. What we can't be sure of, however, is whether the cheese depicted by the artist is dyed cheese, or summer cheese.
Although cheese is identified as a "super Dutch" food, finding its history is far removed from simple in the Netherlands. Fortunately, the American scientist Paul Kindstedt, author of the book Cheese and Culture (2012), has pleasantly announced that the year 1743 is certainly the oldest record he has ever found regarding the use of annatto as a cheese ingredient in the Netherlands. Kindstedt also discovered that around the end of the 18th century, in response to a competitive market, annatto was increasingly used in cheeses shipped to the London market because Londoners became accustomed to the intense color of orange.
Annatto has been a traditional colorant for Gloucester cheese since the 16th century. During the summer, the high levels of carotene in the grass would have given the milk an orange tint which was carried through into the cheese. This orange hue came to be regarded as an indicator of the best cheese, spurring producers of inferior cheese to use annatto to replicate it. The custom of adding annatto then spread to other parts of the UK, for cheeses such as Cheshire and Red Leicester, as well as colored Cheddar made in Scotland. Many cheddars are produced in both white and red (orange) varieties, with the latter being more popular despite the only difference between the two being the presence of annatto as a coloring. That practice has extended to many modern processed cheese products, such as American cheese and Velveeta. Cheeses from other countries also use annatto, including Mimolette from France and Leyden from the Netherlands.
Cheeses that use annatto in at least some preparations include:
The yellow to orange color is produced by the chemical compounds bixin and norbixin, which are classified as carotenoids. The fat-soluble color in the crude extract is called bixin, which can then be saponified into water-soluble norbixin. This dual solubility property of annatto is rare for carotenoids. The seeds contain 4.5–5.5% pigment, which consists of 70–80% bixin. Unlike beta-carotene, another well-known carotenoid, annatto-based pigments are not vitamin A precursors. The more norbixin in an annatto color, the more yellow it is; a higher level of bixin gives it a more orange shade.
In the United States, annatto extract is listed as a color additive "exempt from certification" and is informally considered to be a natural coloring. Foods colored with annatto may declare the coloring in the statement of ingredients as "colored with annatto" or "annatto color."
Annatto condiments and colorants are safe for most people when used in food amounts, but they may cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive. In one 1978 study of 61 patients suffering from chronic hives or angioedema, 56 patients were orally provoked by annatto extract during an elimination diet. A challenge was performed with a dose equivalent to the amount used in 25 grams (7⁄8 ounce) of butter. Twenty-six percent of the patients reacted to this color four hours after intake, worse than synthetic dyes such as amaranth (9%), tartrazine (11%), Sunset Yellow FCF (17%), Food Red 17 (16%), Ponceau 4R (15%), erythrosine (12%) and Brilliant Blue FCF (14%).
Annatto is not among the "Big Eight" substances causing hypersensitivity reactions (cow's milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat), which are responsible for more than 90% of allergic food reactions. The Food and Drug Administration and experts at the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) at the University of Nebraska do not include annatto in the list of major food allergens.
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The coloring additive that gives Cheddars that orange color is called annatto
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Made in and around the university city of Leiden, this Gouda-like cheese is colored with annatto
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