Whole Cochineal – Whole dried cochineal is a scale insect that invades the nopal cactus and is about the size of a grain of Arborio rice with a silvery purple hue. The best cochineal is dark and full of carminic acid. We obtain only the finest grade cochineal on the market. Purchase includes instructions for extraction. You will also need a small amount of Cream of Tartar for the extraction process.
100 grams of cochineal bugs will dye about 900 grams (2 pounds) of fiber to a deep shade.