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Carrageen Moss (Chondrus crispus)
A edible marine plant growing on the Atlantic seaboard of the U.S.A, Ireland (where it"s known as Irish Moss), the western coast of Scotland and the coast of Scandinavia. It"s named after a town, near Waterford, in South East Ireland.
It"s most often found dried in health food shops, and is good used in soups, its natural setting effect makes it a good emergency way of setting fruit mixtures.
Commercially Carrageenin, which is used as a emulsifier in food manufacturing (E407), particularly in milk chocolate products. It is considered harmless in small doses, but found to cause ulcerative colitis in animals. See'E Numbers'; and our Recipe Section - 'Carragheen'