Tupă Matis demonstrating how to process the green fruit of jenipapo or huito (Genipa americana) from which a black dye is obtained.
The black dye is used in face and body painting. In addition, the dye is
mixed with other pigments (e.g. copal) to create an ink that is used to
make permanent tattoos. Currently, jenipapo is being marketed as "jagua,"
a temporary black tattoo ink. The ripe fruit of the jenipapo tree can
be used to make a fruit drink that is high in Vitamin C. In fact in
the Amazon, this huito fruit drink is commonly used to treat children
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