Irish moss is Canada's most valuable commercial seaweed. Originally used in blancmanges and milk jellies, it is still available in "natural food" stores. The dried plants are used to clarify beers, wines, coffee and honey. Since WWII, major exploitation has been for extraction of hydrocolloids (substances yielding gel when water is added, eg, carrageenians) used in convenience foods. Carrageenan is not processed in Canada, and thousands of tonnes of Irish moss are exported annually. AQUACULTURE trials, in tanks and pools, have been carried out in NS.
Author J. MCLACHLAN
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