As scientists discover a seaweed that tastes like bacon, there finally is a healthy alternative for the beloved crispy artery clogger.
You must have heard at least one person saying he’d go vegan if it weren’t for bacon. Well, it seems that now there is an alternative to the deep fried delight that is completely meat and fat free. Researchers have discovered an amazing type of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s cooked.
It’s called Palmaria sp. but it is commonly known as dulse. It grows along the Atlantic and Pacific coastline as a wild plant. Locally, the plant is gathered and dried and used as an ingredient for several types of food.
It is a type of reddish brown seaweed and it looks like red lettuce, but the fact that it tastes like bacon could change the face of the vegan markets forever.
Vegan cuisine has always relied on developing innovative dishes that are rich in a wide variety of nutrients, so that they could meet the people’s organic needs. Seaweed, in all of its various forms, is a particularly popular food among vegans.
The most popular seaweed dishes are those using it for its sea-like taste that can replace fish in a wide range of dishes. There are seaweed salads and seaweed noodle dishes that are absolutely amazing and that come entirely free of any animal-based ingredient.
But the possibility of having a plant-based ingredient that could replace bacon offers an immense potential for virtually endless recipes for vegans, vegetarians and those who have an all inclusive diet.
The researchers from Oregon State University lead by Chris Langdon have developed a new strain of this bacon-tasting seaweed that would have the best qualities and they have patented it.
They were initially focusing on the dulse as food for abalone. Since these are so appreciated in Asia, the dulse was supposed to be a “super-food” that would make them grow healthy. The results were excellent, as the abalone thrived on dulse. It was only after that they thought of dulse for human consumption.
Despite its amazing feature of tasting like bacon, the dulse is extremely nutritious. According to Chris Langdon, in dry weight the seaweed strain is 16% protein. Also it is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
“Dulse is a super-food, with twice the nutritional value of kale,” said Chuck Toombs, OSU Faculty of Business professor. “And OSU had developed this variety that can be farmed, with the potential for a new industry for Oregon.”
It was love at first sight for Toombs, who took one look at the dulce outside Chris Langdon’s office and saw its immense potential.
The OSU team have already created a simple way of growing the dulse, as it is not a pretentious plant and their Hawaii production plant proves that their technology is quite successful.
So, with an amazing product that could replace bacon with a healthy super-food and the entire development line already created and tested, OSU’s dulse has all the chances of becoming Oregon’s top product.
A plant that tastes like bacon has power of revolutionizing various types of cuisines all throughout the U.S., because it will go with pretty much anything.
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