This new fact and idea can really make you rich; 250 tonnes of Annatto is exported from India every year, and it is mainly grown and marketed in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Maharashtra, Odisha and Karnataka. As we all know that lipstick is an important item on the vanity table of every woman. Available in different hues, women take pride in wearing it and making a style statement. But do they ever give a thought to how a lipstick is made? Do you know a lipstick that you can wear without fear? The answer lies in the Adivasi habitations in Rampachodavaram, Chaparai, and Maredumilli in Andhra Pradesh - the producers of so called 'Lipstick seeds ' which are non-carcinogenic and are prevalent among cosmetic industry providing lipsticks to women that are safe in terms of carcinogens found in other cosmetic brands.
Other medicinal benefits of seeds
The seeds reportedly have healing properties and are used in treating digestive disorders, weak bones, headache, neural tube defects, eye ailments and respiratory problems. Mr. Reddy is not the only one growing the plant with spiky red and brown pods. Almost all households have it in their backyard.
Other than wild turmeric and tobacco, Annatto is the most common backyard plant in Maredumilli, Rampachodavaram, and Chaparai Agency areas, and in many parts of the EasternGhats. The seeds of lant also provide colour for edible products like cheese, food preparations, bakery and sweets all over the world. However, these rare seeds have no fixed price as there is no organised trade in the tribal areas. “Earlier, we used to sell the produce to the GCC, but they have stopped procuring it for reasons unknown. A few agents from far-off places come and buy the seeds for ₹80 to ₹100 a kg,” said 50-yearold Rudra, a small farmer near Chaparai, who also cultivates wild turmeric and tobacco.