Researchers in the US have discovered a strain of seaweed that apparently tastes just like bacon when it’s fried, and has twice the nutritional value of kale.
The miracle seaweed is a fast-growing strain of red marine algae called dulse (Palmaria sp.), which grows wild along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines and looks a lot like translucent red lettuce.
Scientists already knew that it was packed with antioxidants and vitamins, and contains up to 16 percent protein in dry weight, but usually it’s harvested and sold dry as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement in Europe. But over the past 15 years, scientists at Oregon State University in the US have created a new strain that can be farmed, and they’ve found that it also has some unique taste benefits.
“There hasn’t been a lot of interest in using it in a fresh form,” lead researcher Chris Langdon says in a press release. “But this stuff is pretty amazing. When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavour.”
Source: Science Alert