Yum, Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon and Healthier Than Kale!

by | Mar 17, 2016 | Science | 0 comments

Seaweed and Bacon are two of my favorite things. Seaweed snacks are delicious and healthy. Bacon is delicious, but healthy? Not so much. Combining these two delicious delicacies seems too good to be true. But getting the nutritional value of seaweed and the deliciousness of bacon is a foodie dream. Researchers at Oregon State University have made the wonderful discovery that when cooked, a new strain of seaweed ends up tasting just like bacon and is reportedly twice as healthy as kale! The team of scientists starting growing the form of red algae when they were looking for a food for abalone, and discovered its tastiness when cooked.bacon-8The seaweed normally grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coast. Although this form of red algae had been consumed by northern Europeans for years, currently, the United States does not grow this form of seaweed for consumption. That’s when the researchers realized they were on to something great. “This stuff is pretty amazing,” Oregon State Researcher Chris Langdon told OSU. “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavor.”  The researchers teamed up with the University’s Food Research Center, who have created some different foods with the seaweed as the main ingredient. This sure does seem like it would be very popular in the US market. Langdon is currently growing 20-30 pounds of the seaweed a week and the MBA students are currently trying to market the seaweed. Hopefully this means bacon flavored seaweed will be headed our way soon.  MORE

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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