Sea Moss: Pool-Grown vs Wildcrafted vs Wild-Harvested: Unraveling the Differences
This article aims to uncover the truth about the different types of farming methods used to harvest/grow sea moss & the various species
Pool-Grown Sea Moss: The Imitation Game
Pool-grown sea moss is cultivated in controlled environments, typically indoor pools or tanks. It's grown in a under regulated conditions with access to artificial light, temperature control, and specific nutrients. Pool-grown sea moss typically Is grown in China where chemicals are added to the tank to help the sea moss grow. With the recent surge in sea moss's popularity, numerous pool farmers have attempted large-scale cultivation in artificial pools. These farms endeavor to mimic the conditions of the ocean within their pools to expedite the growth of Sea Moss.
The unique environmental factors, such as the flow of ocean waves, the presence of rocks, exposure to air and sunlight, and the infusion of salt and other nutrients, cannot be replicated in pool farms.
While pool-grown sea moss may achieve faster growth rates compared to it's ocean counterpart, the resulting product bears no resemblance to natural sea moss in terms of quality. It lacks the rich nutritional profile characteristic of the authentic variety. This is why it's often labeled as "fake sea moss," an artificial mimic with minimal health benefits.
Furthermore, pool-grown sea moss may contain residues of chemicals and toxins employed by farmers to accelerate its growth. Just as one would steer clear of processed foods, it's advisable to avoid counterfeit sea moss. It may be marketed as Natural & Organic, which is far from the truth.
Wild-Crafted & Wild-Harvested: Ocean Farming
There exists another method of sea moss cultivation: Ocean Farming. This involves cultivating Sea Moss directly in the ocean. This approach facilitates easier harvesting and offers better control over production compared to wildcrafting.
Nutritionally, ocean-farmed sea moss closely aligns with its wildcrafted sea moss.
There is a debate over the meaning of the two:
Wildcrafted: Wildcrafting (also known as foraging) is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or 'wild' habitat.
Our St Lucia gels are wildcrafted but not wild-harvested
Wild-Harvested: A wild harvest represents food gathered from plants that grow naturally in an untouched environment and in their native habitat
Sourced from St. Lucia, an Eastern Caribbean island renowned for its pristine sea moss. We collaborate with the Agriculture Department of St. Lucia to ensure a sustainable harvest that minimises our ecological footprint. Our Eucheuma Cottonii is grown in the wild and qualifies as wildcrafted but not wild-harvested.
Wild-Harvested From The Rocks: Real Irish Moss
Almost 99% of Sea Moss brands claim there Sea Moss is either Irish Moss (Chondrus Crispus) or claim it's Hand Harvested from the rocks, species such as Eucheuma Cottonii & Genus Gracilaria from the Caribbean is not harvested directly from the rock. Although it’s harvested in nature, and it’s wild-crafted. It does not hold the same properties as Irish Moss.
Our Irish Sea Moss is harvested by a fifth generation family on the West Coast of Ireland. They have been hand-picking organic seaweed for over 120 years. All the seaweed we use comes from the pristine nutrient rich waters of the the Atlantic Ocean. It's only harvested when it's in season to ensure the nutrient profile of the seaweed is at it's at its richest. Our harvesters like their ancestors use sustainable harvesting methods to ensure the seaweed will regenerate for the generations to come.
Distinguishing Pool Grown, Ocean & Wildcrafted: A Guide
Identifying genuine sea moss from market fakes can be challenging, but certain distinctive features serve as clues.
Origin: If the seller is unable to show who their supplier is & lacks any knowledge of the species, the chances are they may be hiding the origin of the sea moss and should be a red flag.
Coloration: Wildcrafted Irish Moss Moss tends to exhibit darker hues compared to its counterfeit counterparts. Chondrus crispus naturally manifests in a spectrum of colors based on its environment and mineral absorption.
Texture and Structure: Authentic Sea Moss displays a tangled, dis-organized structure with a mesh-like or spongy appearance. In contrast, pool-grown sea moss appears more uniform, resembling thin spaghetti noodles.
Presence of Sand and Salt: Authentic Sea Moss may contain traces of salt, albeit less than counterfeit versions. Fake sea moss often appears heavily coated in salt.
Scent and Taste: Genuine Sea Moss carries a natural oceanic aroma, while its imitation counterpart may exhibit a more chemical or artificial odor. In terms of taste, authentic sea moss offers a subtle oceanic flavor, less salty than the pool-grown alternative.
Moisture Content: Authentic sea moss should be completely dried out, lacking any residual moisture. Counterfeit sea moss retains some moisture from the pool and is never completely dry to the touch.
Price Point: Wildcrafted & Ocean Grown Sea Moss typically commands a higher price compared to its pool-grown counterparts. However, prices can vary depending on the supplier.
In conclusion, despite claims by many companies, the term harvested from the rocks and the mis-selling of Irish Moss is used by the majority of brands without an inner-standing of the term itself. Sea moss, both ocean wildcrafted & rock wild-harvested in its genuine form, offers a wealth of nutrients and health benefits.
Conversely, its pool-grown imitation lacks nutritional value and may contain added salts and chemicals. If the seller can’t show its relationship with their supplier that should be your 1st red flag as to when purchasing Sea Moss.
What Makes Us Different?
At Conscious Moss, we wish to educate in a sea of confusion, while providing 100% Natural & Organic Sea Moss products, including both our St Lucia range & Wildcrafted Irish Moss range.
🌊 Authenticity: We're here to expose the imposters, and explain the benefits of Sea Moss grown in both the warm & cold waters.
🌿 Purity: Our Sea Moss is handpicked by skilled farmers throughout the world, ensuring the highest quality and maximum nutrient absorption.
🧪 Testing: Our commitment to your well-being includes rigorous quality testing to ensure the absence of heavy metals or nasty bacteria. We treasure our harvest area as a sanctuary of cleanliness.
🌊 Nutritional Density: Our Sea Moss is packed with nutrients to support your health, it contains significantly more of the essential minerals in comparison to common sea moss sold online. We never use any chemicals, fillers, 100% natural as Natured Intended.