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Where to purchase Irish moss in Toronto?

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. 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.

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

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          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)

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: Apple

                  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.

                  1. re: charxchar

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

                  2. re: Apple

                    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.

                    1. re: psyrel

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

                      1. re: professor plum

                        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.