Baking & Cooking
Agar or agar-agar is a gelatinous substance derived from a polysaccharide that accumulates in the cell walls of agarophyte red algae. Agar is chiefly used as an ingredient in desserts throughout Asia. Agar (agar-agar) can be used as a vegetarian gelatin substitute, a thickener for soups, in jellies, ice cream and other desserts, as a clarifying agent in brewing, and for sizing paper and fabrics. The word "agar" comes from agar-agar, the Malay name for the algae (Gigartina, Gracilaria) from which the jelly is produced.