Sea Moss

Sea Moss (Gracilaria)

Sea Moss


Pinch off the clean tops leaving the base.


Wrap plants in leaves. Keep blanched sea moss refrigerated or frozen. Sun dry for longer storage.


  • Wash plant well before use.
  • Can be eaten fresh but has a rubbery texture.
  • Blanch to improve texture and add to salads or pickles.
  • Can be cooked and used to thicken soups and stews.
  • Boil with lemon juice to make a soft jelly or pudding.
  • Soak dried plants in water for 30 minutes.
  • (Novaczek, 2001)

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Sea Moss

Sea moss is found in shallow waters on reef flats andin lagoons, often attached to solid surfaces or lying by itself. Branches can be cylindrical or flattened and bright green, brownish-yellow to pink in color (Novaczek, 2001).

Traditional Names
  • Hawaiian – limu wawa
  • Palauan – char