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Scientists create bacon-flavored seaweed

July 18, 2015 | Comment icon 15 comments

Dulse seaweed actually tastes like bacon. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Cwmhiraeth
Researchers have patented a new strain of healthy red seaweed with a unique and distinct flavor.
In a bid to find new food sources to help feed the planet's growing population a team of scientists at Oregon State University have created a strain of dulse seaweed that tastes rather a lot like bacon.

The maritime delicacy, which has been cultivated as a food source for centuries, has now been refined to make it easier than ever to farm reliably and could become a hit with consumers.

"When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed," said OSU fisheries professor Chris Langdon. "And it's a pretty strong bacon flavor."

The team had originally set out to grow dulse to feed abalone, a mollusc that is particularly popular in Asia, but once they had identified the seaweed itself as a potential food source they realized that it would be better to shift their focus towards developing products based on it instead.
"In Europe, they add the powder to smoothies, or add flakes onto food," said Langdon. "There hasn't been a lot of interest in using it in a fresh form. But this stuff is pretty amazing."

One of the biggest advantages of the seaweed is that it can be grown five times faster than most other foods and is a rich source of protein and other nutrients.

"We now have about five products that we think will be very good commercial products," said business professor Chuck Tombs.

Whether the seaweed is likely to catch on as a staple food in the West however remains to be seen.

Source: NBC News | Comments (15)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by GreenmansGod 7 years ago
I'll try it, but I have my doubts. Like vegan hotdogs must be made by people who have never actually eaten a hotdog.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RLS518 7 years ago
I thought it said bacon wrapped seaweed; that would be much better.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 7 years ago
As my useless son once said:
Comment icon #9 Posted by spud the mackem 7 years ago
Can't imagine Truck drivers stopping in a lay-by where a stall is selling breakfasts, and asking for a mug of tea and a large Seaweed bun with loads of Tomato Ketchup . I've tried "Lava bread" a type of edible seaweed and it tastes like salty rubber bands.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Kiltedmusician 7 years ago
No need for soylent green now.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waziya Sioux 7 years ago
Ugh why change it ? noting wrong with the way it was.
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Perhaps I'll get to try some soon, I do live just north of OSU on the west side of Portland. If I do, I'll post what it tastes like.
Comment icon #13 Posted by jarjarbinks 7 years ago
eat your veggie bacon
Comment icon #14 Posted by spud the mackem 7 years ago
Oh dear that means the Jihad's can't eat Seaweed
Comment icon #15 Posted by Shiloh17 7 years ago
Well, if it really taste like bacon I'd eat it. But I'm skeptical, like GreenmansGod said above.

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