Annatto (also known as achiote) is made from the seeds of a tree bearing the same name, and its powerful red/orange colour and distinctive taste make it an important ingredient in Mexico, Central and South America, and also the Philippines. It is available in three forms; the seeds, powder and this paste, made up from annatto seed, water, cornflour, salt and spices. The paste is a quick and handy way to use annatto’s qualities, and as it already contains spices such as cumin, it can be used by itself to brighten up soups and stews. The paste is also perfect for using as part of a marinade, for instance in the popular Mexican slow-roast pork dish cochinita pibil. Annatto will bring a bright orange colour to anything it is added to alongside a nutty, slightly peppery flavour similar to nutmeg, although not as strong. Our annatto paste comes in 100g blocks, and as only a teaspoon or so is needed for a dish it will last quite a while. It is best kept airtight in the fridge after opening.