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Cochineal – Red Coloured Gold

When the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they were shocked to see the locals wearing red clothing in their everyday life. Red was the colour of royalty in Europe, and so not only forbidden to wear, but also very very expensive to buy, and here were all these locals, parading around in red everyday clothes!
Like many dyes used in Teotitlán, the colour red is sourced traditionally, using the female cochineal beetle, a parasite that lives on the nopal cactus plant, indigenous to Mexico. After feasting on the nopal juice, the insect produces carminic acid to deter predators, and it is this acid which is used for red dye. Read more

Mmm grasshoppers…

There is a saying here, that if you eat chapulines you are sure to return to Oaxaca. I mean, you could just buy a return bus ticket or airline ticket instead – have you seen those things? However I seem to be in the minority with locals and visitors alike buying quantities of chapulines from vendors in the markets to snack on throughout the day. Read more

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Simple Provisions

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