Midway through last year, a game-changing creation happened.
There is a strain of seaweed that grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts called dulse. It is usually sold for around $90USD per pound and is used as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement.
But now, researchers and scientists at Oregon State University have created and patented a strain of dulse that looks like transluscent red lettuce, grows extraordinarily fast, is an exceptional source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and contains 16% protein in dry weight.
And it tastes like bacon when cooked.
OSU’s Food Innovation Center received initial batches of the algae and created some potential new products with the ingredient, with dulse-based rice crackers and salad dressings reportedly showing the most promise.
“That fact that it grows rapidly, has high nutritional value, and can be used dried or fresh certainly makes it a strong candidate,” says Gill Sylvia, director of the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.
The only problem that has arisen thus far is the fact that there have been no analysis studies done into the viability of a full scale commercial operation.
I’ve certainly got my fingers crossed for this new superfood – tastes like bacon, contains everything that’s good for you and is easily renewable sounds like the trifecta of perfection to me!