We kid you not: This seaweed tastes like bacon
And it's supposedly healthier than kale.
(SPOT.ph) Did our prayers finally get answered? Can we finally eat all the "bacon" we want without worrying about the consequences?
An article from Time reports that researchers from Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center have come up with a new type of seaweed that has the potential to be the next "it" superfood because, well, it allegedly tastes like bacon.
According to the feature, this bacon-ey seaweed is derived from a new strain of red marine algae called dulse that reportedly carries twice the nutrional value of kale. Its potential in the human-food market was realized when scientists were thinking up ways to farm abalone.
“There hasn’t been a lot of interest in using it in a fresh form. But this stuff is pretty amazing,” said Hatfield's chief researcher Chris Langdon in the Time article. “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavor.”
The seaweed isn't available commercially yet. Until then, we just have to continue praying.
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