Irish moss is a nutrient rich sea vegetable that contains the thickening agent carrageenan. Carrageenan is used industrially in dairy products such as ice cream as well as processed meats.
Irish moss is rich in:
- vitamin A
Irish Moss is the oldest seaweed in the industry. Long associated with Ireland and Scotland, it is often referred to as carageenan. It has been revered for centuries for its gelling properties. To create 'Blancmange', Irish moss can be boiled with sugar and milk, then cooled to form a pudding. The carageenan agent is released during the boiling process and is used world wide in ice cream, toothpaste, instant puddings, jams and jellies. Beer breweries use it in large quantities!
Irish moss can be used at home to thicken soups, stews, chowders, gravies, salad dressings, pies, jellies, jams, and casseroles.