Carrageen Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus)
With delicate fronds and a deep pink colour, Irish Moss has a long history in Western cuisine. It is a good gelling agent suited to desserts and savoury dishes alike. It is traditionally used in the treatment of colds. It is harvested by hand where it is cut just above the root to ensure the re-growth of the algae.
Commonly found in the lower shore – sometimes under the large brown seaweeds or in rock pools.
Other Names: Carragheen, Carraigin, Mastocarpus stellatus.