Cetraria islandica – Famine Foods

Cetraria islandica


Finland: soaked to leach out bitter acids; dried and ground into flour to make bread, gruel and porridge, mixed with elm (Ulmus sp.) cortex (sic.) and boiled in water, to produce a broth.

Additional Information

Name Authority:
(L.) Ach.
Norway - Brodmose; Broedmasa [Bread Moss]; Matmasa [Food Moss]; Svinmasa [Swine Moss]; Iceland Moss.
Chemical composition: Protein = 30g/kg; Fat = 26g/kg; Carbohydrate = 500g/kg; Vitamin C = 3500mg/kg. Mineral content: K = 2500mg/kg; Ca = 48mg/kg; Mg = 270mg/kg; P = 500mg/kg; S = 600,mg/kg; Fe = 530mg/kg; Cu = 4.2mg/kg; Mn = 17mg/kg; Zn = 48mg/kg; Mo = 0.2mg/kg; Ni = 2.8mg/kg; Co = 0.08mg/kg; Cr = 3.00mg/kg; F = 6mg/kg; Se = 0.02mg/kg; Si = 1900mg/kg; Rb = 11ng/kg; Al = 415mg/kg; B = 1.6mg/kg; Br = 2mg/kg; Hg = 0.075mg/kg; As = 0.76mg/.kg; Cd = 0.300mg/kg; Pb = 30mg/kg.

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