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Where to purchase Irish moss in Toronto?

charxchar Aug 29, 2008 11:23 AM

I've checked at Noah's and at The Big Carrot - no luck there. I have no other leads. Please help!

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  1. Mike from Hamilton RE: charxchar Aug 29, 2008 12:09 PM

    My suggestion would be House of Spice in Toronto or try any of the little Latin markets in Kensington Market. I buy mine at the Hamilton Farmer's Market from a vendor who deals in Caribbean and Latin American specialty goods.

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      YummyYummy RE: charxchar Aug 29, 2008 12:33 PM

      Lots of West Indian and Caribbean supermarkets carry Irish Moss. The two big chains I'm certain have it is Nicey Food Mart and Danforth Food Market. Please google for their many locations around the GTA.

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      1. foodyDudey RE: charxchar Aug 29, 2008 02:54 PM

        If you have no luck anywhere else, try a beer making supply store.

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          pearlD RE: foodyDudey Aug 29, 2008 04:59 PM

          You shouldn't have a problem if you go to any West Indian /Jamaican store either in Kensington Market or Eglinton Avenue West (near Oakwood) or perhaps in the suburbs (I live near the Annex so I am not that familiar with suburban areas)

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          escoffier RE: charxchar Aug 30, 2008 08:30 AM

          Caribbean Corner in Kensington, Baldwin street, just east of Kensington street, south side. There are two stores side by side, either one of which will have Irish Moss, along with a trove of other treats and staples. Enjoy.

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            11oclockish RE: charxchar Aug 30, 2008 09:57 AM

            Saw it today at St. Lawrence market in Lively Life Fine Foods (downstairs, north end of the south market). I'm sorry I failed to note the price.

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              albanis RE: charxchar Aug 31, 2008 11:47 AM

              They do have it at the Noah's at Bloor & Spadina, I saw it there recently on the wall with all the special bulk binders and tea stuff, 1st aisle on the left. But I bet it is cheaper at a West Indian store, that's a good idea.

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                Apple RE: charxchar Sep 2, 2008 07:02 PM

                whoa Nelly!! I thought Irish Moss was ground cover for backyards? Is this dried? What do you use it for? What kind of flavour does it impart (fresh, grassy flavour?)

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                  charxchar RE: Apple Sep 10, 2008 10:31 AM

                  thanks for the suggestions everyone...Apple, I plan to use it for raw vegan dessert-type applications. In this case, it will be used to thicken a mousse-type strawberry cheesecake/pie of sorts. I'm definitely not a raw vegan, but I cook all kinds of weird stuff at home for fun.

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                    Apple RE: charxchar Sep 10, 2008 06:26 PM

                    have you considered using agar agar? That can be used as a vegan gelatine...

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                    psyrel RE: Apple Sep 11, 2008 10:28 PM

                    In this case it refers to a type of seaweed, not the plant used in landscaping. It's believed to be an aprodisiac in the Caribbean.

                    p.s. it tastes quite mild, usually of whatever spices you add to it. The texture is thick.

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                      professor plum RE: psyrel Oct 19, 2008 06:19 AM

                      I saw it yesterday at Price Chopper at Leslie and Eastern Avenue

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                        1sweetpea RE: professor plum Nov 14, 2008 06:53 PM

                        You can order the powder or the whole seaweed at upayanaturals.com. They offer lots of raw vegan foods, superfoods, supplements and other supplies. They offer pickup and delivery. They don't have a storefront. You can order online and they'll let you know when you can pick up your order. I purchased both the powder and the whole irish moss. I haven't tried either yet, but plan to use the powder in a raw vegan cheeze to create a Velveeta-esque texture.

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