For generations, seaweed has traditionally been used in the West of Ireland as fertiliser, food, dyes and medicine. Nutritionally, sea-weeds are as good as any land-vegetable and, in some cases, are superior in their vitamin, trace element and even protein content.
In more recent times, seaweed has found a new market in the cosmetic industry because of the benefits it brings to skin, hair and nails. Seaweed is also now widely used for the extraction of industrial gums and chemicals.
The main species used in Ireland at present are dulse, carrageen moss, and various kelps and wracks. Dulse – also known as Dillisk – is a red alga that is eaten on both sides of the North Atlantic. Generally only eaten in Ireland after it has been dried, it is frequently sold in small packets as a snack food.
Carrageen Moss or Irish Moss is widely sold dried for cooking and as a remedy for colds and flu.
More information on http://www.seaweed.ie/