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also a·nat·to (ə-nä′tō)
n. pl. an·nat·tos also a·nat·tos
1. A tropical American evergreen shrub or small tree (Bixa orellana), having heart-shaped leaves and showy, rose-pink or sometimes white flowers.
2. The seed of this plant, used as a coloring and sometimes as a flavoring, especially in Latin American cuisine.
3. A yellowish-red dyestuff obtained from the arils of this plant's seeds, used especially to dye fabric and to color food products such as margarine and cheese. In all senses also called achiote.

[Of Cariban origin.]


(əˈnætəʊ) or


n, pl -tos
1. (Plants) a small tropical American tree, Bixa orellana, having red or pinkish flowers and pulpy seeds that yield a dye: family Bixaceae
2. (Dyeing) the yellowish-red dye obtained from the pulpy outer layer of the coat of the seeds of this tree, used for colouring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc
Also called: annatta
[from Carib]


(əˈnæt oʊ, əˈnɑ toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
1. a small tree, Bixa orellana, of the family Bixaceae, of tropical America.
2. a yellowish red dye obtained from the pulp enclosing the seeds of this tree, used for coloring fabrics, butter, varnish, etc.
[1675–85; < Carib]
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Where there is no local name, but only a Mexican one Filipinized or not therefore, the Mexican origin is quite clear." Examples of this are: achiote/ atsuete mani/ mani chocolate/ tsokolate jicama/ singkamas avocado/ abokado tamaletamales/ tamalus etc.
'We did not do it by region because so many iconic provincial dishes are available all over: inasal with atsuete from Bacolod, pansit palabok earlier known as pansit Malabon and karikari once called Tagalog Kari for instance.
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Bixa orellana L., locally known as atsuete, is a small tree that grows around 3-10 m.[4] Its leaves have antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiemetic effects, whereas the seeds were used for fever and buccal tumors.[5] Many pharmacologic studies have been conducted on its potential as a source of medicine.[6-8] Its methanolic leaf extract has anticonvulsant, analgesic, antidiarrheal, and radical scavenging properties, whereas the methanolic seed extract has hepatoprotective properties against carbon tetrachloride ([CCl.sub.4])-induced hepatic damage.[9] With the lack of effective drugs for liver diseases and the abundance of B.
The chicken and pork are simmered in cane vinegar, soy sauce, atsuete oil, and tons of garlic.
Its other ingredients include chicken, chicken liver, gizzard, garbanzos, bell pepper, boiled egg and atsuete (for the yellow-orange color).
Tamales Pampanguena is served almost like a mousse--velvety smooth and light, but with the traditional Kapampangan flavor of peanuts, toasted rice, and atsuete oil.
Part of their preparation to open Toto was to bring in calamansi (small lemon) seedlings and atsuete (food coloring) from the Philippines.
Floral arrangement: Use local pine foliage, eucalyptus, potted poinsettias in mercury silver glassware, atsuete fruit, red palong manok, berries, succulents and even bunched up red orchids.
The third soup, Bulcachong, is a gingery, spicy Davao specialty loaded with carabao meat, seasoned with peanut butter and colored with atsuete.
It came in big chicken portions, declared as a confit because it was slow-cooked, combining soy sauce and atsuete oil to the vinegar mix.
Mang Nestor proceeded to tell me the ingredients of the dish: chicken, crushed toasted rice, atsuete (achiote), kamias (balimbing) and pasotes.