Botanical Name: Chondrus crispus
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, its' 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.
Irish Moss Gel Recipe: Starting with the dry leaves, remove any foreign material such as shells or discolored leaves. Rinse the leaves well as they can have sand and salt stuck to the surface or rolled up into the dried creases. Place the cleaned leaves in a bowl, cover with filtered water, and soak for 8 hours or longer. Once soaked, the material will be rubbery and smooth. Rinse again and place the clean, salt-free leaves in a saucepan. Cover with water, bring to a gentle boil, and simmer for 12-15 mins. Once it is cool enough for your blender blend on high until smooth. Pour the mixture into a jar and refrigerate. As the liquid cools, it will thicken into a mildly flavored gel that blends easily into drinks and smoothies.
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.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.