ANNATTO SEED (INDIAN) - The plant is cultivated for the dye which is contained in the outer coat or layer on the seed; the seeds are dry and are not normally subject to loss in weight unless roughly handled, when part of the coloring material is lost. If stowed in a hot place the seeds may suffer some loss in weight, but they do not deteriorate. Overheating results in the outer covering of the seed being easily pulverized.
Fresh and salt water affect the seeds adversely. Depending on the degree of contact, seeds will lose their bright red appearance, becoming blackish. Seeds which are so damaged should be separated as soon as possible from sound seeds and both sound and damaged well dried. Seeds not too badly damaged may be disposed of in the form of powder in order to fetch a better price.
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