Annatto Achiote (Bixa orellana)
Annatto Achiote (Bixa orellana)
Annatto Achiote (Bixa orellana)
Annatto Achiote (Bixa orellana)
Annatto Achiote (Bixa orellana)
Annatto Achiote (Bixa orellana)

Annatto Achiote (Bixa orellana)

Regular price $16.95

Annatto aka Achiote, Lipstick Tree, or Bija is a tropical shrub or small tree native to South America and Southeast Asia.  Fruits are heart-shaped, brown or reddish brown at maturity, and are covered with short stiff hairs. When fully mature, the fruits split open exposing numerous red seeds. Although it does not produce an edible fruit per se, the Achiote is widely grown for the vibrant orange-red pulp that covers the seeds.

The Achiote dye, which is prepared by stirring the seeds in water, is used to color butter, cheese, rice and other foods. To harvest Annatto, bag the seed heads to capture ripening seed, allow the seed heads to dry on the plants; remove and collect seeds once they are dried.

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Shipping cost is calculated at checkout based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple orders with plants, so the more you grow, the more you save!  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Live plant orers are processed at the beginning of each week and ship on Monday-Thursday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail. Order processing time before shipment averages from 1-14 days. 

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Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico

Almost all of our plants ship (bare root, of course) to Hawaii & Puerto Rico.  Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of a few plants that don't make the cut. Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico include: Coffee, Palm, and Banana plants.  Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii include: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, and Passion Fruit plants.

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How to Grow Annatto Achiote

Plant Type: Evergreen Tropical Shrub, Small Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: Summer - Winter

Mature Size: 10-12 ft. tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: Rich, moist, well-draining soil. 

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 must be sheltered at Zone 9


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