Carragheen is also know as Irish Moss or Carrageen (from the Irish word carraigín meaning “little rock”).
It is a type of red algae that grows in the lower shore zone and is harvested at low tides during the summer months.
It can be used as vegan thickening agent in desserts, soups or aspics.
In Ireland there is a long history using Carrageen in soothing drinks for coughs and colds. Added to milk with a little bit of honey and vanilla, it was given as a healthy treat to the children.
Vitamins A, E, F and K, calcium, potassium, and magnesium are some of the health benefits of Irish Moss.