Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus), also known as Carrageen, is a reddish-green algae found in abundance along the rocky coastlines of Atlantic ocean in the British Isles, continental Europe, and North America.
Irish Moss is rich in Iodine, Vitamins A, E, F and K, calcium, potassium, and sulfur. Irish Moss is rich in potassium chloride, and is effective for chest and lung congestion, mucous. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
Irish Moss is good for dry skin. It is also used as ingredient for lotions and moisturizers in the medical industry.
Cultivating and Harvesting
Irish Moss needs sea water and sunlight. Large scale and commercial cultivation of this seaweed is being researched.
Irish Moss naturally grows in abundance along the coastlines. Harvesters generally harvest them from their natural habitat. The best time to harvest is at low tide. Harvesters wade into the shallow waters and cut the sea weed.
Harvesting is done using using scissors or garden clippers. Pulling of the seaweed from the base is not recommended. Harvesters cut off only about half the size of the seaweed. This allows Dulse to grow back.
Consuming and Storing Irish Moss
Irish Moss can be eaten raw or mixed with other fruit juices or smoothies. It is also dried, powdered and stored.