Iceland moss – Cetraria islandica

Iceland moss – Cetraria islandica

 

Description:

This moss grows only a few inches high. Its color may be gray, white, or even reddish.

Habitat and Distribution:

Look for it in open areas. It is found only in the arctic.

Edible Parts:

All parts of the Iceland moss are edible. During the winter or dry season, it is dry and crunchy but softens when soaked. Boil the moss to remove the bitterness. After boiling, eat by itself or add to milk or grains as a thickening agent. Dried plants store well.