Annatto, Bixa Orellana, Shendri, Sindur (Orange Color) - Plant
Annatto is naÂtive to South America, and is currently mostly in use as a flavouring and food colouring in Central and Northern South America. In the CaribÂbean, the seeds are usually fried in (animal or vegetable) fat; after disÂcarding the seeds, the then golden-yellow fat is used to fry vegeÂtables or meat.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Achiote, anato, annatto,||Orange||Late summer, Early fall, Mid fall, Late fall, Early winter.||0.5 to 3ft.||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||55Â°F (13Â°C).||Apply any organic fertilizer|
- Deadhead to prolong flowering.
- Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly.
- Zinnias will die with the first frost.
Special features: It is also grown in other tropical or subtropical regions of the world, including Central America, Africa and Asia. The heart-shaped fruit are brown or reddish brown at maturity, and are covered with short, stiff hairs.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.