IRISH MOSS, whole leaf
Production: Wildcrafted, sun-dried, and sustainably hand-harvested from the icy, clean waters of the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Please rinse before soaking and and wash thoroughly before using. Because of the nature of this material there will be bits of "foreign" material such as shells, other sea plants, and small sea life.
Qualities: Irish Sea Moss is a type of red sea algae, it's principle constituent being the polysaccharide carrageenan which gives Irish Moss it's signature gelling qualities. It is important to note that "carrageenan", which is industrially produced and widely used in food production, is an extract of Irish moss, and has different qualities than the whole food, which is naturally balanced.
Irish moss varieties which grow around Jamaica and elsewhere in the Caribbean ocean are lighter in color and cultivated varieties can even be colorless. The leaves of our domestic Irish moss are a rich dark purple color and the resulting gel will be grey in color.
Common Use: Irish moss has a long history of medicinal use for respiratory and digestive ailments and known to contain Vitamins A, E, F and K, calcium, potassium and sulfur. In order to most benefit from its healthful qualities, Irish moss is commonly made into a gel and then incorporated into smoothies, vegan desserts, and traditional Jamaican drinks.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry place in an airtight container. Gel should be refrigerated.
Safety: Seaweeds contain naturally high levels of iodine. This product is harvested from the sea. Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to fish or shellfish.