sea moss and its botanical name is Chondrus crispus. Sea moss grows commonly around the shores of Ireland and became commonly known as Irish moss, but it doesn’t only grow there. The Chondrus crispussea moss grows on rocks along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean of Africa, Ireland, the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Sea moss grows in constantly moving water along the shores of the Ocean and its color varies from greenish-yellow, to brown, to red, to dark purple, to purplish-brown.
Chondrus crispus became commonly known as Irish moss as a result of Ireland’s potato famine during the late 1800’s. The people of Ireland began eating the abundantly growing sea moss to avoid starvation and the name Irish moss became the popular name for Chondrus crispus.
Its natural balance mucilage and nutrients helped the Irish avoid starvation and supported their health.
Sea moss also contains numerous nutrients that help support the health of the body. 100 grams or 1 1/4 cups of sea moss contains the following nutrients:
- Iron 8.9 mg 49% DV
- Magnesium 144 mg 36% DV
- Manganese 0.4 mg 18% DV
- Phosphorus 157 mg 16% DV
- Zinc 1.9 mg 13% DV
- Calcium 72.0 mg 7% DV
- Copper 0.1 mg 7% DV
- Folate 182 mcg 46% DV
- Riboflavin 0.5 mg 27% DV
You can find more nutrient details based on the USDA food database here.