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Chondrus crispus

Chondrus crispus

Category :

Macro-alga - Red alga - Gigartinales

Natural Habitat :

Found on the North-East and North-West coasts of the Atlantic, from the Arctic to Morocco.

Harvest :

A small (6-15cm), dense, powerful alga that is found just beneath low tide at around 6-7m depth. It is a dark red-brown colour that has blue tints underwater and grows in tufts, sometimes forming a "lawn" as high as 10-15cm.

Appearance :

It is harvested by hand or with a rake from May to October, after which the abundance of the chalky concretions it colonises make it unusable.

Components :

Biomass-Extracts-Properties :

It is rich in fibres and carrageenans, which regulate digestion, thanks to their thickening properties and their ability to act as a gelling agent. It also contains large quantities of polyunsaturated fatty acids, essential minerals, oligo-elements and vitamins A, B, C and E. It is recognised in cosmetics for its softening, hydrating and restructuring properties.

Uses in Cooking :

It has been used for 1000 years in diet and nutrition. In Brittany, it was one of the few seaweeds used in cooking: they used it to make a flan called "P'tit Sart", which we can find evidence of on the other side of the Channel, in Wales. It also features in the composition of throat sweets. During periods of famine, it is eaten in salads and soups.

Other Uses :

It is used in the food processing industry, due to the carrageenans it produces, as a gelling agent in flans, yoghurts, ice-cream, instant soups, cheese, toothpaste, etc.

Use :

Ansolute Hydration face range Hydra-Nutrition body range Slim & Sculpt range

Characteristics :

Chondrus means "cartilage" in Greek, and crispus means "curly" in Latin. In Brittany, it is known by more than 15 different names: lichen, pioka, varech frisé, bouchounou, teil picot, choucroute de la mer, etc. Once harvested, it is rinsed in seawater and then spread out in the sun and left overnight. This process is repeated at least three times, turning the seaweed each time, until it turns white.

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