Irish what? Moss… like Irish Moss?
Yes it’s like the moss that grows on the ground in forested areas but this moss grows under water. It’s a sea vegetable and sea vegetables are a class of its own.
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So what is Irish Moss?
It is a type of seaweed that is found along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and especially in Ireland. The Irish would take it on long journeys as a good luck charm and a sign of prosperity. When they went through a major famine in the 19th century, and they greatly relied on the sea vegetable as a main source of nutrition.
Why should we eat it?
Simply because it is nutrition-dense! Irish Moss contains 15 of the 18 essential nutrients that make up our bodies. These nutrients include Vitamins A, D, E, F, and K. It is also a great source of iodine, potassium, sulfur, and calcium.
It’s awesome for the thyroid!
Irish Moss is a great source of iodine which is an element that is needed for thyroid hormone production. The body does not make iodine so it is an essential part of our diet. Iodine is found in various foods. If you do not have enough iodine in your body, you cannot make enough thyroid hormone.
Super healing for tissue and skin
Because of its high concentration of Vitamin A, E, and K, it is super soothing for our body’s tissues and our digestive track. It is also believed to have anti-viral properties and is often used to treat conditions the cold and flu.
So what do you do with Irish Moss?
First, you will be able to purchase it in a health food store or online. It is primarily used as a thickening agent and has little taste or colour. You can use it as a thickener for cream soups, coconut milk, smoothies, puddings, etc. Not only will you get a thicker and smoother product, you will also benefit from its nutrient goodness!
Working with it will require a few steps which I explain in the recipe below. It’s very simple. You will need to soak it for 8 hours prior to using it. Then blend it with water to make a “cream” that can be added to food as a thickener. That’s it!
Irish Moss Recipe
- 1 cup Irish Moss seaweed puree
- 3 cups Unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup Cacao powder
- 1/3 cup of raw honey, maple syrup or 12 drops of glycerine-free Stevia
- ¼ cup Coconut oil
- To make Irish Moss puree, soak ½ cup dry Irish Moss seaweed in enough cool water to cover. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
- Drain and rinse the Irish Moss in cool water, removing any sand or rocks by rubbing with your fingers.
- Chop roughly and combine in a blender with ½ cup cool water. Puree until smooth and pour into a bowl. At this point you can refrigerate the Irish Moss puree in an airtight glass jar for up to 3 weeks.
- Combine 1 cup Irish Moss puree with the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth.
- Pour into individual, small mason jars, ramekins or cups and refrigerate for at least 3 hours until the pudding is set. You can sprinkle coconut flakes or add berries when it is ready.