I love Frappuccinos. They are delicious and pink. Pink? Ooops, where does the pink color of frappuccinos come from? Insects, of course.
The cochineal insect is tiny and eats cactus.
‘Zapotec nests’ on a cactus plant
Farmers put baskets containing female insects on the cactus plant. The little baskets, called ‘Zapotec nests‘, protect the insects.
Female insects eat the red cactus berries. The color concentrates in their bodies.
Cochineal insects dry in the sun
Farmers kill them and leave them in the sun for two to three days to dry.
70,000 cochineal bugs make 1 pound of cochineal dye.
Cochineal dye is used to color make up and foods.
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