Yes, But Would You Eat It? “I” is for Irish Moss

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Each day in April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting about unusual and exotic foods.

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Irish Moss is actually seaweed from the North Atlantic Ocean. Irish Moss got its name during the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840s. People were starving and desperate for food, and they began eating the red algae that washed up on the rocks along the coast.

Irish Moss is a mucilaginous food, much like okra, aloe, and chia seeds. Its gelatinous texture can be beneficial to the respiratory and digestive systems (it’s good for the mucus membranes!). It might also help to get rid of the bad bacteria in your gut, and wouldn’t that be great? It’s got B vitamins for energy, iodine compounds for thyroid health, and magnesium and potassium, both mood boosters. Yay!

Here’s a drink recipe using Irish (sea) moss from

The Best Green Smoothie Recipe In The World

  • 1 cup of homemade ginger tea
  • 1 cup of kale
  • 1/2 of a green apple
  • 1/2 of a ripe banana
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tsp of irish sea moss
  • 1 serving of your favorite plant base protein powder


  1. Make your ginger tea (boil ginger root with water for 45 – 1 hour). A nice size is about the size of your hand in length, and 1 – 2 inches thick.

  2. Cut your apple into chunks

  3. Cut your bananas

  4. Wash your kale and remove the stems

  5. Place all your ingredients in a blender (I use the ninja) and Enjoy!


So, would you give Irish Moss a whirl?


14 thoughts on “Yes, But Would You Eat It? “I” is for Irish Moss

  1. Actually this one I have had. Not fresh, but I had a small herb and garden store for a few years and used dried Irish Moss in many hand-crafted blends, even soaps. (But I didn’t eat that one LOL)

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  2. This has a tiny amount of Irish moss in it, doesn’t it? I remember Bonningtons Irish Moss when I was a child for coughs and sore throats. Kale, banana, apple and ginger tea would be very different I imagine. Where do you obtain the Irish moss?

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