Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus)
•ÈÀNatural cochineal from Oaxaca, Mexico.åÊ
Cochineal has been used historically in the Americas for centuries and some of its earliest use has been traced back to theåÊAztec and MayanåÊcivilizations. Cochineal‰۪såÊdeep red color comes from the tiny scale insects who live on OpuntiaåÊ(nopal) cacti.åÊ
Cochineal can be used with a variety of mordants like symplocos, alum etc to make a variety of natural red and purple colours. Recipes areåÊavailableåÊin Michel Garcia's Natural Dye Workshop DVD.