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see seaweedseaweed,
name commonly used for the multicellular marine algae. Simpler forms, consisting of one cell (e.g., the diatom) or of a few cells, are not generally called seaweeds; these tiny plants help to make up plankton.
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, phylum (division) of the kingdom Protista consisting of the photosynthetic organisms commonly known as red algae. Most of the world's seaweeds belong to this group.
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irish moss

irish moss

Full of electrolyte minerals, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. A good all around thing to consume when recovering from serious illness because of all the things it has. It's mucilaginous compounds help you detoxify, boost metabolism and strengthen hair, skin and nails. Traditionally used for low sex drive, bronchitis, goiter, thyroid and gland issues. Great food thickener for soups, desserts, pies, toppings, and making raw vegan cheese.



(also, Irish moss), the commercial name for the red seaweeds Gigartina mamillosa and Chindrus crispus, which occur along the coasts of the North Atlantic (C. crispus is also found along the Kola Penninsula and in the Far East). The principal component is slime (56-79 percent), which is composed of polysaccharides and swells considerably in water. After it has been boiled and subsequently cooled, carrageen congeals into a gelatinous mass. This seaweed, which is dried during processing, is used in the textile industry for sizing material, in the food industry for clarifying beer, and in the paper industry for preparing suspensions and solutions. It is also used to prevent the settling of suspensions.


Chondrus crispus. A cartilaginous red algae harvested in the northern Atlantic as a source of carrageenan. Also known as Irish moss; pearl moss.


, carragheen, carageen
an edible red seaweed, Chondrus crispus, of North America and N Europe