Irish moss grows thickly along rocky areas of the Atlantic Coast. It is soft and flexible when fresh, but flaky when it dries.
The Acadian Seaplants facility in Charlesville, Nova Scotia, is the world’s only land-based Irish moss farm. Consumers in Japan really like this multicoloured product!
Good to Know . . .
Islanders have collected Irish moss for generations on Prince Edward Island. They use different techniques, such as horse-drawn scoops. This industry boomed after the Second World War, and peaked in the 1980s.
Irish moss and other seaweed convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis. During this process, seaweed takes in carbon and releases oxygen.
Did you know that seaweed is a sustainable food rich in vitamins and minerals? It contains more iodine than any other food. Iodine is a mineral we need for good thyroid function.