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Pasty red dye

The Urucum shrub with its red berries is grown in gardens, the pods being harvested in June and July. The villagers open the pods in their homes and boil the waxy red seeds. A family may be occupied for several weeks in the tasks of harvesting, shelling and tending fires. The result of their labours is several large balls of the pasty red dye, which will last throughout the year.