Uses: FOOD, Spice/herb/condiment, Other medicine/drug, Tannin/dye, ESTHETIC, Cosmetics/personal hygiene
Production Methods: Cultivated, Wild-harvested
Comments: From a ripe plant 5 kg of red seed pulp may be harvested. Bixa is widely used by indians as spice, as repellent against insects, and mainly as body paint. The red seed pulp was an important trade object for exportation to Europe in the 18th and 19th century. Recently the demand for bixa products is increasing as the need for non-toxic and non-carcinogenic substances for colouring cheese, butter, lipsticks and ointments is growing. A pulp extracted from the pod is dried and pressed into cakes or rolls for the market.