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Irish moss


leafy, wide flat branchy extensions

  • Dut: Iers mos
  • Lat: Chondrus crispus
  • Eng: Irish (sea) moss, carragheen
  • Ger: Knorpeltang

Irish moss

Irish moss is a red seaweed found in large colonies on stones and rocks in shallow water. Irish moss is also called carragheen, because it contains so much carrageenan. Carrageenan is used as a thickener and stabilizer in many products, including ice cream and lunch meats. The Scots use this seaweed for making a kind of tapioca pudding. The seaweed is found in the Atlantic Ocean and adjoining waters, such as the North Sea and parts of the Baltic Sea.