Yes you heard me right, a healthy seaweed full of protein that tastes like bacon when cooked, sounds perfect right.
This discovery was found by researchers at Oregon state university, and relates to Dulse, a red algae found along the pacific and Atlantic coastlines. The seaweed is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and contains up to 16% of protein.
The red translucent lettuce was originally used as food for sea snails, but now it’s being cultivated for humans as a healthy snack. Once fried it is said to have a pretty strong bacon flavour, with dried Dulse being available in health food shops and crackers and salad dressings being proposed for production.
It is suggested that the vegetarian and vegan market will be at a win with this discovery, allowing them to taste the flavour of bacon they may not eat due to ethical or religious reasons. It will also make it easier to eat healthy, as Dulse can be substituted for the fatty meat in your usual meals.