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Annatto Seeds

£ 2.19

With their distinct colour and flavour, annatto seeds make a great addition to any dedicated cook's store cupboard. Derived from the achiote plant in central America, it's peppery taste is said to have a hint of nutmeg to it. Grind up and add to your dishes for a great Mayan kick! Our annatto seeds are ethically sourced from the very best suppliers worldwide.

Open fruit of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana), showing the seeds from which annatto is extracted.

Annatto is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree (Bixa orellana). 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".

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Joan Picozzi (Coatbridge, GB)
Highly coloured seeds.

These, & all Annatto seeds are so very hard, they would need an industrial grade grinder. They broke a new ceramic grinder I had put them in. However, the colour leeches out into either water or olive oil & this can be used in cooking. The colour is full of a very healthy type of Vitamin E so it is the colour that is the valuable part.

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Angela Farina (Birkenhead, GB)
Dried flower

Amazing dried flower, looking forward to make extracts.
My second purchase 😃

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Ethel Orn
It arrived promptly, nicely packed! And re...

It arrived promptly, nicely packed! And really nice dried flowers!

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Linden Flowers / Lime Flowers
Sandra Wright (London, GB)
Linden

Great product. Thank you.
This is my second order. Prompt delivery and we'll packaged.
Perfect for my night time pot of linden tea

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Earl Grey Blue - Black Tea
bhuvan kishore (Wolverhampton, GB)
Great tea and very well priced

This tea was amazing and I have mixed with a very high quality Assam and Namring Darjeeling in my own secret blend to dampen the bergamot flavours. I will use this store again soon. Thoroughly recommend.

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Orange Blossom Petals
Paul B (Cambridge, GB)
Orange flowers

First time I’ve used DGStorr Best I’ve had, fresh aroma in a dried sort of way. Will definitely buy again

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Honeysuckle Flowers
RD (Edmonton, GB)

Very good

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Linden Flowers / Lime Flowers
Corinna (Birmingham, GB)
Linden

Addition to valerian for night time tea. Very nice.. I have insomnia.. this helps.

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Cat's Claw / Vilcacora
Corinna (Birmingham, GB)
Cats claw

Mild tea, great for immune boost. Steep for ten mins, jobs a good un.

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Valerian Root
Corinna (Birmingham, GB)
Sleep tea

I use this to help me sleep with some other ingredients. Good quality.

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Apple Blossom
Corinna (Birmingham, GB)
Tea

Very nice quality. Arrived quickly.

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Sweet Dreams Tea
G.M. (London, GB)
Sweet Dreams Tea

Really enjoyable bedtime tea, and excellent service.

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Valerian Root
E.H. (Doncaster, GB)

Great - bought primarily to add to homemade cat toys in place of catnip, the cats are definitely keen on it so far. 25g turned out to be more than I was expecting - shown here in a 190ml / 8oz jar, with tealight for scale. There was quite a lot of powder in the packet where I'm guessing it got battered during shipping, but that's fine for my purposes. Hopefully going to try it in tea soon as well, it seems like excellent quality.