cochineal to carmine Credit: Free images from acobox.com cochineal to carmine cochineal the insect that keeps on giving, crushed for effect to carmine splendid crimson dye, changes vanilla to red with one drop, magic, all natural extract, mother’s secret ingredient! Share this:GoogleMoreEmailPrintFacebookTwitterRedditLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... 21 thoughts on “cochineal to carmine” Add yours I wasn’t too impressed the first time I found out that cochineal extract came from a squashed insect 😉 Reply Yip, me neither… 😉 Reply haha – it doesn’t really bother that much now though 🙂 Reply but the colour is glorious! Reply one of the best colours Benedicte 🙂 Reply wow. it seems like really, nothing is ever wasted. now i wish i could find some way to ameliorate fleas…but no thanks i wouldnt drink it ha ha Reply haha – I draw the line at fleas tipota 😉 Reply Interesting stuff here, the history, chemsitry and biology. Yes, I took the links and glad I did. Nature’s dye it may be but it is also toxic to some, so care is still needed when taking red drinks! Squashed beetles? No problem. We would shy away from many products we eat and drink if we knew their sources and production processes. Anyone for tripe? Blechhhh! Reply haha – that’s right Stafford (best not to delve too deep)! – it raises some interesting questions for vegetarians though (not that I am one of those people) which I was discussing on twitter – people say insects are animals, but it just doesn’t seem that way to me (more like a whole separate category) – not that I am being philosophical with my poem – I just like the sound of cochineal and carmine from a language perspective (and the yuckiness factor from a kids perspective 😉 Reply it still blows me away that insects are crushed to colour a beverage. it’s a crazy world we live in! Reply crazy is the word – though there are worse things than crushed insects 😉 Reply Well as one of my friends said recently…in many parts of the world insects are the major form of protein…of course that argument didn’t convince me either. 😉 Reply haha – each to their own source of protein slpmartin 😉 Reply Yeah, it is pretty gross but we all want everything to be bigger and redder, right? Actually, red food colouring is one thing I have a bad reaction to. I come out in welts and get quite breathless. I have to read the labels on everything now to make sure it isn’t in there and it is unsettling to see how many ingredients there are in our foods that are just numbers or weird Latinesque names we’ve never heard of. I find breakfast cereal to be really bad. That muesli that says it has dried berries in it is full of colouring. I had an asthma attack after eating it. Now I have to stay away from the red. STAY AWAY FROM THE RED!!!! Reply You poor thing 😦 It is a real pain reading the fine print on labels, but you need to unless you just eat fresh food – they even add colouring to frozen peas to make them greener – arrgh! Reply Makes me itch just looking at it, the drink that is – not your lovely colourful poem 🙂 – have you read the book ‘Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World’ by Simon Garfield? Reply No I haven’t read that book bluebee 🙂 it looks interesting (I just googled it). Reply Wow! Well I certainly learned something new today! 🙂 Great stuff Gabrielle. Reply Thanks Tracey (I was wondering if vegetarians avoid stuff like cochineal because they come from insects – or maybe insects don’t count for most vegetarians). Reply very fine tribute to the bug and the dye and the color red! especially to red! Reply you know how much I love the colour red Aletha 🙂 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.