Do you ever eat seaweed and wish it could be like bacon? There might be a solution.
Land bacon. (stock photo)
Thanks to researchers at Oregon State University Hatfields Marine Science Center, we could have a food that is somehow the best of both worlds. The new strain of red marine algae is called dulse. It has the appearance of red lettuce, and it is filled with minerals as well as protein. So virtuous, in fact, it's said to have more nutrition than regular kale. According to chief researcher, Chris Langdon, dulse does not have the flavor of seaweed, but when fried, actually has a "strong bacon flavor."
It just sounds bonkers, right? It's like Homer Simpson became a marine life researcher. For real, "kale that tastes like bacon" is pretty much the American Dream.
Dulse normally grows wild along Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, and is harvested and used mostly in dried form as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement. Chief researcher Chris Langdon has reportedly been developing this new strain for years, originally with the intent to feed abalone. After the consideration of it's rare qualities of nutrition and flavor lead to the decision to patent it for human consumption.
There is currently no commercial farm that grows dulse for mass distribution; however, the team is confident dulse could become very popular.
Here's hoping our dreams really do come true. Healthy wishes and bacon-y dreams.