Need info on spice, "palillo"

Bill Williams bwilliam at
Fri Jul 8 13:49:38 EST 1994

There is a spice used in Peru (and probably other Andean countries)
called "palillo."  It is red, not very strong (used mostly for
coloring, I think, sort of like turmeric), and I've only seen it as
rather coarse granules.  Anybody know what this stuff is, i.e., what
species of plant it comes from?

Bill Williams
bwilliam at
Dept. of Biology
St. Mary's College of Maryland

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