Lipstick plant

Lipstick Plant

Scientific name: Bixa orellana

Local name: Not known







Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)


Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Malvales
Family Bixaceae
Genus Bixa
Species orellana



Ground seeds are often mixed with other seeds or spices to form a paste or powder for culinary use especially in Latin America. The seeds are heated in oil or lard to extract its dye and flavor for use in dishes and processed foods such as cheese, butter, soup, gravy, sauces, cured meats, and other items. The seeds impart a subtle flavor and aroma and a yellow to reddish-orange color to food. The seeds are used to color and flavor rice instead of the much more expensive saffron.



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