Tuesday 24 October 2017

Fakin' bacon: seaweed that tastes like meat on the menu

Bacon sandwich
Bacon sandwich

Cormac Fitzgerald

Bacon could soon be back on the menu for vegetarians. Well, the taste of it anyway.

Researchers from Oregon State University have developed a strain of algae that grows easily, is packed full of protein, and, when cooked, tastes a lot like bacon.

The seaweed is a form of dulse, which grows along the coastlines of America. The clever researchers took the classic dulse and created and patented their own version of it.

“Dulse is a super-food, with twice the nutritional value of kale,” said Chuck Toombs, a member of the University’s business faculty.

Toombs had the idea of patenting the delicious weed, and now the university is involved with trying to market the product.

“There hasn’t been a lot of interest in using it in a fresh form,” said researcher Chris Langdon, who created the plant.

“But this stuff is pretty amazing. When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed,” he said.

The food hasn’t reached Irish shores just yet. But any vegetarians who miss the taste of meat, could soon be in for a treat.

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