Atsuete or Achuete – Scientific name: Biva orillana Linon


English: Annatto
Tagalog: Atsuete, Achuete

For small burns: Wash the leaves with soap and water. Boil 10 leaves in 5 glasses of water; cool. Soak the burn area for 10 minues, once a day.

  • Fresh seeds when moistened produce a reddish colored juice that is applied to red rashes.

  • Also used for wound healing, regulation of heavy menses, and thinning hair.
  • The leaf, bruised with the head of a “walis-tingting” (broom made from frond ribs of the coconut leaves), mixed with warm coconut oil is applied on the forehead for headaches.

Culinary:  Seeds when soaked provide a red-tinged colorant use for cooking meats, imparts a subtle taste.

4 thoughts on “Atsuete or Achuete – Scientific name: Biva orillana Linon

  1. Faye Peralta

    Hm, what i know about its scientific name is Bixa orellana family: Bixaceae….. Am I not right?

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