Irish moss facts

Since the beginning of 19th century, Irish Moss was used in Ireland as a folk remedy for respiratory ailments. In the mid-19th century, it was exported to New England by famine emigrees. It is still collected in the Ireland in small amounts for the health drink and cooking.

Name Irish moss
Scientific Name Chondrus crispus
Common/English Name Irish moss, Carrageen moss, Carragheen, Carrageen
Name in Other Languages French: Mousse d’Irlande,
German: Irisch Moos,
Breton: Bejin Gwenn,
Dutch: Iers mos,
Finnish: Punalevä-laji
French: Goemon blanc,
Gaeilge: Cruibín chait,
German: Irischmoos,
Italian: Muschio Irlandese
Portuguese: Musgo-gordo,
Spanish: Condrus
Swedish: Karragener
Habitat On rocks, pools, lower intertidal, shallow subtidal
Frond Shape and Size Fan shape; Height: 150 mm, Breadth: 2-15mm; Length: 2 or 3-10 or 12 inches
Frond color Cartilaginous, dark purplish, red, yellowish or greenish
Branches Four or five times in a dichotomous, fan like
Branches shape and size 2–15 mm broad
Branches color Firm texture, dark reddish brown that bleaches to yellowish in the sunlight
Stipe Compressed, narrow, flat
Axils Rounded, apices blunt or subacute
Taste Mucilaginous
Major Nutritions Iron, Fe 0.89 mg (11.13%)
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 18 µg (4.50%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.047 mg (3.62%)
Magnesium, Mg 14 mg (3.33%)
Phosphorus, P 16 mg (2.29%)
Zinc, Zn 0.2 mg (1.82%)
Copper, Cu 0.015 mg (1.67%)
Manganese, Mn 0.037 mg (1.61%)
Carbohydrate 1.23 g (0.95%)
Calcium, Ca 7 mg (0.70%)
Health Benefits
  • Treats anemia
  • Provides energy
  • Cognitive health
  • Assist growth
  • Pregnancy
  • Enhance immunity
  • Enhances mood
  • Restless leg syndrome
Calories in 2 tbsp (1/8) cup, 10 g 5 Kcal.


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