Good News For Vegetarians: Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon Actually Exists

16/07/2015 18:18 BST | Updated 16/07/2015 18:59 BST

Sound the superfood klaxon, because scientists have discovered a type of seaweed that tastes like bacon.

Researchers at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center have been growing a red alga called dulse, which is typically found on the shores of the north Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

The seaweed (or sea vegetable) has been devoured for centuries in places like Ireland, Iceland, and Scandinavia.

But now it's really taking off and researchers reckon it might even be the next big thing - it's nutritious, fast growing, and, when fried, tastes like bacon.

dulse seaweed

The discovery means the prayers of many vegetarians (who secretly crave a rasher every now and then) have essentially been answered.

It's a far healthier alternative to fried bacon - in fact it's an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. And for those looking to bulk up, it also contains up to 16% protein by dry weight.

"Dulse is a super food, with twice the nutritional value of kale," said Chuck Toombs, a professor in OSU’s College of Business. "OSU has developed a variety that can be farmed, with the potential for a new industry on the Oregon coast."

Laters, kale.

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