October 20, 2017

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      I love Frappuccinos. They are delicious and pink. Pink? Ooops, where does the pink color of frappuccinos come from? Insects, of course.

Cochineal Insect

      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.

Cactus berries

      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.

Cochineal dye

      70,000 cochineal bugs make 1 pound of cochineal dye.

      Cochineal dye is used to color make up and foods.

Quer saber more about cochineal? Access the original  http://www.businessinsider.com/how-cochineal-insects-color-your-food-and-drinks-2012-3 to expand your food  culture.      


• 1: http://j.b5z.net/i/u/10235319/i/carmine.jpg?a=6
• 2: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/82/0e/ae/820eae85e843464d60002c6e613913ab.jpg
• 3: http://www.allcommands.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/lipstick-for-beauty.jpg

FRAPPUCCINO: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f9/f6/b8/f9f6b87a667a7a6cc85ffc54ae6341f1--cotton-candy-frappuccino-frappe.jpg
INSECT: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4112/4985646519_80163d9162.jpg
FARMERS: https://redqueenmusings.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/18-dsc02862.jpg
CARMINE: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/67/1f/12/671f1262bce584ffa1ea43e660a93726--healthy-foods-healthy-eating.jpg
LIPSTIK: http://www.ecouterre.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lipstick-537x402.jpg
YOGURT: http://www.vegparadise.com/images/dannon.jpg
ALL other pictures: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-cochineal-insects-color-your-food-and-drinks-2012-3

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