Bacon ice cream. Bacon cupcakes. There’s even a bacon jam recipe floating around out there. For years now, bacon lovers have been trying to come up with unique ways to add the salty-crunch of this meaty delight to spice up traditional plates.
And now, bacon lovers will rejoice because nature has created the ultimate bacon recipe.
It’s seaweed that tastes EXACTLY like bacon. I repeat: There is bacon-flavored seaweed, and it is more nutrient-packed than kale! WHAT?! I had to do a double take, too!
Researchers at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have patented a strain of this amazing food, and they’re trying to make it more affordable and available.
So what is this godly new superfood? It’s a strain of dulse, red algae that is full of protein, minerals and antioxidants. We’ve all heard of the potential health benefits of seaweed and algae – from antioxidant and anti-inflammatory to treatment for a range of diseases. Dulse grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines and is harvested in the wild, dried and sold.
The researchers at OSU started growing the plant to feed abalone, but now they want to start feeding it to us. We can thank Chuck Toombs, a faculty member of OSU’s College of Business, for this genius idea.
“Dulse is a superfood, with twice the nutritional value of kale,” Toombs said in a statement. “And OSU had developed this variety that can be farmed, with the potential for a new industry for Oregon.”
Currently, no commercial operation grows dulse in the U.S., but researcher Chris Langdon and his team hope to bring it to the market. As for me, I hope it works out.
“There hasn’t been a lot of interest in using it in a fresh form. But this stuff is pretty amazing,” Langdon said. “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavor.”
If that isn’t convincing enough, I don’t know what is. Healthy bacon? I never thought I’d see the day. I’m eagerly awaiting for this superfood to hit the market.