Rating 4, 8 (29) Real sea moss contains up to 99 of the 102 organic minerals that make up the human body, and wild sea moss collected in the ocean is used to create an authentic sea moss gel. In a nutshell, real sea moss is golden, dark tan, or purple in color; it has thin stems and sea salt, but it's not extremely salty. Whereas false sea moss is lighter in color, it has thicker stems and is extremely salty. While real sea moss occurs wild in the ocean, fake sea moss is grown commercially in large pool tanks.
The sea moss will smell like the sea. This smell is similar to that of fish or seaweed, although not as strong. It might not be real sea moss if it doesn't have this ocean smell. The sea moss gel will be clear or white.
Dark or yellowish sea moss gel could contain fucus. The color may vary depending on what is added to the gel. Sea moss will also feel slimy or sometimes like thick jelly. Genuine sea moss is usually only found in health stores or online.
A solid color that runs through your sea moss isn't a bad thing. It may have been a constantly sun-bleached plant. If it's very white, like cotton or paper, it's likely to have been chemically bleached. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between sea moss grown in a pool and the real one is to check the color.
Natural sea moss is darker in color, usually tan or gold in color, and tends toward brown. The sea moss that grows in a pool is lighter in color and more yellowish than brown. If the sea moss you bought has a grainy salt-like texture and a rich, salty flavor, then you have the real deal. It obtains its surfaces from the salt it absorbs from the ocean.
If the moss you have contains table salt or rock salt, it's false. The taste between sea salt and rock salt differs a lot. The practice of growing sea moss in swimming pools that is intended for human consumption is not as widely applied as many of us would have us believe. That's because sea moss grown in swimming pools can cause more harm than good because of its added table salt content.
Technological advances such as this have caused natural wear and tear in the percentage of algae grown in tanks or pools, but it still exists, so it is important to know how to detect false sea moss. Detecting artificial sea moss is much easier when you have it in your hands, but I'll see what I can do to help if you have some photos you can share. Wild sea moss is significantly more nutritious, absorbing nutrients from the sun and surrounding water. Sea moss collected in swimming pools is cultivated artificially in a brine that mimics the liquid and movement of the ocean.
To say that real sea moss does not contain salt is an indication that it has been grown in fresh water or has been washed to the point that all the salt water that was trapped inside it has leaked out. While keeping sea moss gel in the refrigerator may not extend its shelf life, it will prevent it from spoiling and mold from forming. One thing to keep in mind is that this practice does not apply exclusively to what you know as sea moss. It was a long conversation, and I had it recently with a Sea Moss seller based in Canada, who I encouraged him to think about how he could use what he was doing to return more value to the supplier (the farmer) and thus be able to improve his situation.
Real sea moss comes in a variety of species, but they generally have a dark shade of gold, dark tan, or purple. The growth of traditional sea moss takes place in the ocean, but compared to its growth process in a pool.