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cochineal to carmine
the insect that keeps on giving,
crushed for effect
changes vanilla to red
with one drop,
I am an Australian poet, writer, blogger, psychologist, wife, mother of two children, autism and environmental advocate, and mad animal lover
additives, carmine, cochineal, Gabrielle Bryden, natural colouring, poem, poetry
August 31, 2011 at 1:40 pm
I wasn’t too impressed the first time I found out that cochineal extract came from a squashed insect 😉
August 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm
Yip, me neither… 😉
September 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm
haha – it doesn’t really bother that much now though 🙂
August 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm
but the colour is glorious!
one of the best colours Benedicte 🙂
September 1, 2011 at 1:31 am
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
September 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm
haha – I draw the line at fleas tipota 😉
September 1, 2011 at 4:49 am
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!
September 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm
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 😉
September 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm
it still blows me away that insects are crushed to colour a beverage. it’s a crazy world we live in!
September 2, 2011 at 10:03 am
crazy is the word – though there are worse things than crushed insects 😉
September 2, 2011 at 3:11 am
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. 😉
September 2, 2011 at 10:04 am
haha – each to their own source of protein slpmartin 😉
September 2, 2011 at 11:50 am
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!!!!
September 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm
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!
September 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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?
September 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm
No I haven’t read that book bluebee 🙂 it looks interesting (I just googled it).
September 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Wow! Well I certainly learned something new today! 🙂
Great stuff Gabrielle.
September 5, 2011 at 8:40 am
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).
September 8, 2011 at 10:05 am
very fine tribute to the bug and the dye and the color red! especially to red!
September 8, 2011 at 11:44 am
you know how much I love the colour red Aletha 🙂
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