Irish Moss Products
Irish Moss is sometimes called “carrageen moss” from the Irish “carraigín”, meaning “little rock”. This species of seaweed grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic Coast of Europe, the Americas and Japan.
Used for centuries in Ireland (hence the name!), Irish Moss is used in many raw food recipes for its nutritional and thickening properties, making it a fabulous addition to a raw vegan diet. The principal constituent of Irish Moss is a mucilaginous body, made of the polysaccharide Carragenan of which it contains about 55%; the plant also has nearly 10% of protein and about 15% minerals and is specifically rich in iodine and sulphur. Because of the abundant cell wall polysaccharides, it will form a jelly when boiled or processed with water expanding from 20 to 100 times of its weight.
Irish Moss is full of life enhancing nutrients such as; sulphur compounds, protein, iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, pectin, B-vitamins and vitamin C. The high iodine and selenium content make it an exceptionally good food for the thyroid.