Pacific Harvest’s Irish Moss is harvested from an organically certified area in France (or Ireland depending on the season), and is Eco-cert Certified. It has been tested for contaminants according to the requirements in the ANZ Food Standards Code.
Grown in EU (Ireland or France). Packed in New Zealand.
Storage: Irish Moss is light sensitive and may lighten in colour if exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Seaweeds are hygroscopic, meaning they absorb moisture from the air, so seal securely once opened.
Allergens: MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF: Crustacea, Fish, Molluscs.
Warnings: Contains naturally occurring iodine. Excessive consumption may exceed recommended daily dietary intakes which could have adverse effects.
Wild harvested seaweed. Check for detritus.
Making & Using Irish Moss Gel
Directions for making Irish moss gel
You are purchasing the raw seaweed flakes with no processing. Simmer in water to make a broth, or rehydrate and leave to form a gel which will keep for weeks in the fridge (click on the link earlier for different options if you prefer a raw gel or to use a little heat to speed up the process. Note, Sea moss gel can be applied directly to skin to moisturize or soothe as an ingredient in home-made cosmetics in addition to the below culinary uses.
Using Irish Moss gel?
Use the Irish moss gel in the following ways – click here for more detail
- Add to smoothies and broths as a cleansing and nourishing supplement.
- Use as a vegan gelatin substitute in making raw desserts and to add texturea nd nutrients to jams
- use instead of eggs in vegan baking
- use to thicken sauces and add to dressings instead of oil
Harvesting, testing, packing & recycling
Why Is Irish Moss Darker than Sea Moss?
The natural colour of the species of seaweed we use to make Irish moss is a purply/brown colour. Parts of it can become blonde due to sun bleaching.
We air dry our seaweed indoors to prevent contamination from birds, so the natural colour of the seaweed is preserved. If you see a blonde coloured sea moss on the market it may be because it has been dried outside on the beach, or the natural colour of the species of seaweed used to make it is a lighter colour.
How we harvest, test our pack our Irish Moss
This seaweed is harvested from an eco-certified area in France, then air dried indoors* to preserve it’s rich nutrient density. Whilst similar species do grow around New Zealand, there is currently no commercial supply available at a food grade level.
Pacific Harvest specialises in seaweed, and has been trusted by the nutritional community since 2002. We test Irish Moss for contaminants in external labs, before packing them by hand in our food grade facility in Auckland.
We recently removed the zip lock from our bags to reduce the amount of overall plastic in the bag. Please use the resealable sticker we provide to keep moisture out.
*Irish Moss has a natural deep crimson colour. However, if it has been dried outdoors it can become sun bleached and take on a blonde colour. Our product has been dried indoors and therefore is a deep red.
Recycling our packaging
We recently added cardboard boxes to our range to ensure the stores who stock these products can stand them on shelf as the pouches we previously used fell over constantly! Irish Moss is also light sensitive so the box adds protection for the seaweed. Please pop the boxes into your worm farm, or in kerb side cardboard recycling.
The plastic pouch in the refill boxes can be recycled through soft plastic recycling schemes. Ideally we’d not use plastic but as seaweeds are hygroscopic (attract moisture) we need to ensure we can keep the seaweeds food safe. Compostable options don’t currently provide adequate moisture barriers.
Our jars are reusable or refillable. If neither of these options suit, please put them into your household recycling. Please read more on our packaging journey here.