Achiote is an orange-red condiment and food coloring derived from the seeds of the achiote tree native to tropical regions from Mexico to Brazil. It is often used to impart a yellow or orange color to foods, but sometimes also for its flavor and aroma. Its scent is described as peppery that is slightly nutty, sweet and peppery. Achiote Seeds are dried and made into a rust colored paste that is often used for coloring foods such as rice, smoked fish, butter, or cheese. They are also used as a spice for flavoring foods, Achiote Seeds provide a sweet and somewhat peppery taste when added to various food dishes.