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Urucum Seeds (Bixa orellana) 100g
Syrian Rue seeds have been considered sacred throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia for centuries. Syrian Rue seeds are a MAO (mono-amino-oxides) inhibitor. They have been used as incense in many Middle Eastern cultures. Urucum, also known as Achiote or Annato, is a small tree that grows 5-10 m in height. The trees are literally covered by brightly colored pods, and one small Urucum tree can produce up to 270 kg of seeds. The seeds are covered with a reddish aril, which is the source of an orange-yellow dye. It grows throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean and can be found in some parts of Mexico as well. Traditionally, the crushed seeds are soaked in water that is allowed to evaporate. A brightly colored paste is produced which is added to soups, cheeses, and other foods to give them a bright yellow or orange color. Urucum paste is also used as a natural dye for cloth and wool and is sometimes employed in the paint, varnish, lacquer, cosmetic, and soap industries. Throughout the rainforest, indigenous tribes have used annatto seeds as body paint and as a fabric dye. It has been traced back to the ancient Mayan Indians, who employed it as a principal coloring agent in foods, for body paints, and as a coloring for arts, crafts, and murals. Although it is mostly the seed paste or seed oil that is used commercially today, the rainforest tribes have used the entire plant as medicine for centuries. A tea made with the young shoots is used by the Piura tribe as an aphrodisiac and astringent, as well as in the treatment of skin problems, fevers, dysentery, and hepatitis.