Irish Moss Seaweed, sometimes more commonly referred to as Sea Moss, is a seaweed which is popularly known to grow abundantly in the rockier waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But did you know that it is also known to grow in other hospitable waters around the world?
Irish Moss Seaweed, the great alkalizer is also known by some people as Chondrus Crispus, Gracilaria, Kappaphycus Alvarezii or even Eucheuma Cottonii. It had become a general name that had been applied to a range of seaweed species; almost interchangeably across different regions over the years.
However, to say that Chondrus Crispus is the same as Eucheuma Cottonii is not correct.
There are differences between the species. But like many things in life, people have commonly called them by the names that they have; possibly because that’s what they have heard from others over the years.
This is a part of the beauty of different cultures and languages, and possibly a little miscommunication unintentionally thrown in for good measure.
Kind of like the difference between translation and transliteration. This can bring about some understandable confusion when looking at the many different types of seaweed available on the market.
The story behind Irish Moss Seaweed as a Food Source
Irish Moss as we know it today is no different to what it was way back in the days of the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840’s. The only thing that has changed is how we seem to be looking at it today.
During the height of the famine the Irish population dropped dramatically, with the harshest year being 1847.
It is believed that this all came about as a result of the most impactful potato blight in European history. During these hard times many turned to the sea as a source of nutrition, specifically, Irish Moss Seaweed.
Today, this amazing seaweed is coming into a new light as a superfood.
Much maligned as peasant food after the famine, it lost the mantle it once had from sustaining those who relied upon it.
Thankfully, in more recent times, seaweed is being looked to as a rich source of nutrition, and it may hold the key to solving the starvation problem on a global scale.
Seaweed as an Environmentally Sustainable Wholefood
We have chosen to work with Farmers who carefully cultivate and harvest specific species of seaweed, which are a wholefood. Research has shown that the increased cultivation and harvesting of seaweeds in parts of the world have helped to improve the health of the oceans in countries including:
- The Caribbean
- The Philippines
- Brazil, and
The impressive thing is that many seaweeds are able to be cultivated in such a way that they give back to the environment more than they take away. If you’re anything like us, making choices that you know will benefit others and the planet, in positive ways are important. This is why we have put so much effort into sourcing the best quality and still affordable Irish Moss Seaweed.
You may however choose to buy other seaweed instead, and that’s ok, so we have some tips that can help you find the right Irish Moss Seaweed. One that is both an equitable product and is also high quality.
With responsible cultivation and harvesting there have been noticeable improvements in the reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) and acidity (pH) levels, and return oxygen (O2) to the water.
This has helped to improve the living conditions for other marine life; and the planet as a whole. Ocean Dead Zones do not need to be a permanent feature on our planet.
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