Achiote - Bixa

Bixa orellana

Achiote

Also known as annatto or the Lipstick tree, originates from South America and has spread in popularity to many parts of Asia. It is very popular in Philippine cooking. Grows and a dense small tree or shrub. The heart shaped fruits are brown or reddish brown at maturity, and are covered with short stiff hairs. When fully mature the fruits split open exposing the numerous dark red seeds. While the fruit itself is not edible, the orange-red pulp that covers the seed is used as a commercial food colouring and dye (similar to turmeric). The achiote dye is prepared by stirring the seeds in water, and is popular in South America and Asia to colour rice, desserts, butter, cheese, and many other foods. In the Philippine Islands the seeds are ground and used as a condiment. Tree is extremely beautiful in full flowering and fruiting. Can be grown in a container, prefers a frost-free climate.
Other Names: Lipstick Tree

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Specifications of Achiote - Bixa

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months April, May, June, July, August, September

Extra Information

For Further Information:

Gernot Katzer's Spice Pages

 

Achiote - Bixa Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

Rwan1
★★★★★ 9months ago

CAIRNS, QLD, Australia

A nice, different plant with interesting foliage. Purely a decorative exotic. 

Amethyst
★★★ 9y ago

KEPERRA, QLD, Australia

Update September 2104: Bixa is an excellent tree to prune to a manageable size if you don't want it too big. I cut mine back to about half in winter and it re-shoots subsequent months to flower magnificently in autumn.----------------------------------...

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