Irish Moss - also called Carrageen Seaweed - is not a moss but a type of red seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean that’s been used for centuries to set puddings, reduce inflammation and strengthen malnourished individuals. It contains high levels (55 %+) of carrageenan, a natural jelly present in red seaweeds. Recently, Irish Moss has been enjoying a revival as an ingredient in raw desserts - the whole re-hydrated plant is pureed to produce a gel used to give texture to a variety of food. The true Irish Moss – Chrondrus crispus – comes from the Atlantic coastline; ours is harvested by hand from the wild in Ireland - where it is abundant - and it is dried naturally to preserve all its goodness. Other plants have similar gelatinous abilities but they are not Irish Moss although they are falsely named the same. See the video tab below for more information.
Our Irish Moss is wild harvested & has been tested for contaminants.
Download your Irish Moss Recipe Brochure for inspiration on a variety of ways to use the plant.
Irish Moss is a plant that is consumed differently to most other edible seaweeds because of its high content in mucilaginous material. It has traditionally been simmered and consumed as a liquid broth or used as a thickener for puddings. Nowadays, its revival has been linked to the raw food movement where it is made into a raw gel used in a variety of applications to thicken or as an alternative to gelatine.
Health & Nutrition
Irish Moss contains many beneficial nutrients; in particular, sulphur, iodine, iron, magnesium, potassium & folate and a favourable omega3/6 ratio. Please note that the values in the table are for general reference only as they will vary according to season, harvesting location and drying process.
Simmered broth made with Irish Moss has been used for centuries as a building food, nourishing people with illness, fatigue & physical injuries. It has been used as a respiratory tonic, to soothe the digestive tract & skin and strengthen connective tissue & joints.
The seaweed is also 'time released' carb that provides a feeling of fullness.
prebiotic effects of irish moss
enhanced immune response
polysaccharides & immunity
Label & Warnings
Irish Moss contains carrageenan, a naturally occuring gelling ingredient in the plant. Carrageenan has been the subject of much controversy when it is processed & isolated, because the degraded version may have adverse health effects. Click for more details.
There is also some evidence that Carrageenan may decrease blood pressure & slow blood clotting. Consult your health practitioner before consuming Irish Moss if you take medications for high blood pressure or blood thinners.