PORTLAND, Oregon — Researchers at Oregon State University may have developed the greatest food product in the history of eating.
It’s good for you. It grows rapidly. And, the real kicker, it tastes like bacon.
Initially, it might not sound or look too appetizing. It’s a red marine algae called dulse that looks like translucent red lettuce and grows in the wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines.
It’s been used primarily in dried form as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement, but researcher Chris Langdon and colleagues at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have now created and patented a new strain of dulse.
This strain is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants with up to 16 percent protein in dry weight. To put it in perspective, researchers say it has twice the nutritional value of a much better known superfood kale.
And kale doesn’t taste like bacon.