I am going regularly to my uncles farm. I am getting some guyabano leaves for tea preparation. We are drinking guyabano leaf tea instead of coffee or any other hot drinks. Guyabano fruits, leaves and roots are claimed to be healthy and a cure for various cancer types. Read about guyabano here.
A new fence was installed recently and the gate was built about half kilometer away. Oh, it is so far! Anyway doing extra walk is not bad. I got few leaves and started walking back.
On my way home, I noticed an atsuete tree nearby. It has a lot of fruits. The plant owner might not interested cause he let the fruit dried. Asuete fruit should be harvested when fully matured, take out the seeds and dry in oven or under the sun.
I was thinking the owner is not interested and has abandoned the tree. I won’t be blamed for getting a single fruit bunch.
The fruit is covered with hundreds of thorn-like structures. I said thorn-like because they look like thorn but they are harmless. Anyone can hold it safely. Pressing the fruit it on both ends will reveal the triangular seeds within two paper like sheets.
The atsuete seed is the source of the non popular annatto colorant. I still remember mother was using it to color some of her favorite recipes.
Why did the farmer abandon his atsuete tree? Is it is not a valuable commodity? Who are still using annotto as of date? Maybe most of us have switched to petroleum based dyes!
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.