expensive red colouring, not suitable for vegetarians as it is extracted
from the crushed carcasses of the female Dactylopius coccus, a cactus-feeding
scale insect, which are killed by either immersion in hot water or by
exposure to sunlight, steam, or the heat of an oven. The variety in
the appearance of commercial cochineal is caused by these differing
water soluble form is used in alcoholic drinks with calcium carmine,
the insoluble form, being used in a wider variety of products. Together
with ammonium carmine they can be found in alcoholic drinks, bakery
products and toppings, biscuits, desserts, drinks, icings, pie fillings,
some varieties of cheddar cheese, sauces and sweets.
May cause allergic reactions
recommended for consumption by children.