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Thursday, June 19

Your yogurt may be tinted with bug juice -- if it's pink.

NPR : A Big Market for Bug Dye: "The cochineals are about the size of peppercorns, or ticks, and they live on the surface of prickly pear cactus pads. They're a dusty grey color, until they're squashed -- and then their plump abdomens burst with rich, red liquid." The cochineal are used to make carmine, a natural dye, frequently used to make the bright red colors favored in Andean blankets and panchos. There is also an audio version of this story. One prominent producing area is Ayacucho. Also check out NPR's archive of Peru stories.

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