Friday, November 19, 2010
Today's plant: Sea Moss
Used in: Sea Moss Punch from Caribbean Vegan
Chondrus crispus, AKA sea moss, AKA Irish moss (despite mostly being found on the Atlantic coast of North America in addition to Europe), AKA carrageen moss is mostly made up of carrageenan. It's also about 10% protein and about 15% mineral matter, and is rich in iodine and sulfur. It's commonly used as a thickener, stabilizer, for fining beer and wine and as an aphrodisiac and cure for male impotence. So if your man needs more try in his trident, you know what to get him. Though if it really looks like a trident, proceed with caution. I just wanted to use an aquatic euphemism.
I feel obligated to point out that sea moss might be an aphrodisiac, but my version of sea moss punch is the exact opposite:
Anyone have any idea where I went wrong?
Thus concludes Sea Life Week (on a high note, right?). Five interesting plants, four delicious recipes, and no one had to die. If this topic interests you, and you live near a body of water, try inquiring about local marine conservation groups. If you don't have one, or you're landlocked, or you really like skulls, there's always Sea Shepherd (full disclosure: I volunteer with Sea Shepherd NYC and am therefore pretty biased toward them). They do great work all over the world.
Have a great weekend, everyone! See you back here Monday!