New Strain of Seaweed Tastes Like Bacon

By Ben Coxworth, Gizmag – Seaweed is widely considered to be a health food. Bacon, on the other hand … well, bacon isn’t. There may yet be hope for pork belly lovers around the world, however. Scientists at Oregon State University (OSU) have patented a lab-bred strain of dulce seaweed, that they claim has “a strong bacon flavor” when fried. Regular varieties of dulce have been eaten by people for many years, mainly as a food additive or nutritional supplement. The new form (Palmaria mollis) was developed by a team led by OSU’s Prof. Chris Langdon, who has been growing it in tanks of cold seawater at the university over the past 15 years. Not only does it apparently taste like bacon, but its translucent crinkly red leaves even look a bit like it, too. Langdon’s original goal was to develop a seaweed that could be used as a...

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