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Annatto, Bixa Orellana, Shendri, Sindur (Orange Color) - Plant

annatto, bixa orellana, shendri, sindur (orange color) - plant
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Achiote (Bixa orellana) is a shrub or small tree originating from the tropical region of the Americas. North, Central and South American natives originally used the seeds to make red body paint and lipstick, as well as a spice. For this reason, the achiote is sometimes called the lipstick tree.
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Description for Annatto, Bixa Orellana, Shendri, Sindur (Orange Color)

Annatto is na­tive to South America, and is currently mostly in use as a flavouring and food colouring in Central and Northern South America. In the Carib­bean, the seeds are usually fried in (animal or vegetable) fat; after dis­carding the seeds, the then golden-​yellow fat is used to fry vege­tables or meat.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Annatto, Bixa Orellana, Shendri, Sindur (Orange Color),Achiote, anato, annatto .OrangeLate 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.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full Sun to Partial ShadeWell-drained soil Medium55°F (13°C).Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Annatto

  • Deadhead to prolong flowering.
  • Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly.
  • Zinnias will die with the first frost.

Typical uses of Annatto

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.

References

  • http://gernot-katzers-spice-pages.com/engl/Bixa_ore.html
  • http://nurserylive.com/buy-medicinal-plants-online-in-india/annatto-bixa-orellana-shendri-sindur-orange-color-1-plants-in-india
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