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Irish Moss 1/2 Oz. (Chrondus crispus)

Irish Moss 1/2 Oz. (Chrondus crispus)

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One half ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus), more commonly known as, is a red alga found along the rocky shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this seaweed boasts a range of colors from greenish-yellow to a deep, purplish-red. For centuries, Irish moss has been a staple in coastal communities, playing a role in everything from food to folklore.

Medicinally, Irish moss has been revered for its health benefits. Its richness in minerals, particularly iodine and sulfur, led to its traditional use for respiratory ailments like coughs and colds. Additionally, the presence of carrageenan, a gelatinous substance, made it a popular choice as a thickener in medicinal concoctions. Irish moss is still used in some cough syrups and lozenges today.

Culinary uses for Irish moss are just as diverse. In Ireland and other coastal regions, it was historically used as a thickener in puddings, soups, and beverages. Its gelling properties made it a valuable vegetarian alternative to gelatin. Today, Irish moss continues to be used as a thickener in commercial food products, and it's also gaining popularity as a health food supplement due to its mineral content.

In some traditions, it's used for protection and purification rituals. The red color of some varieties is associated with love and passion, leading to its use in love charms and spells.

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