I have always felt that people who couldn’t eat pork – vegetarians, Jews, Muslims, and people with health issues etc., were missing out because they could not experience the joy of bacon. Naturally, to show solidarity with all of them I would make it a point to eat one extra slice (sometimes two).
The joys of bacon are many, and there many ways to enjoy it – with breakfast, on sandwiches, even on salads. Some enterprising souls have even found ways to make such items as bacon milkshakes and cake frosting, yet many people have been unable to enjoy that wonderful flavor.
That fact may have just changed with the discover by researchers at Oregon State University of a type of seaweed that is very healthy, having twice the nutritional value of kale, and of utmost importance, tastes like bacon. That’s right, it is potentially a superfood AND tastes like bacon! This could possibly be the world’s most perfect food.
According to an article by Oregon State University, the red algae called Dulce grows wild along both the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, and when harvested and dried sells for $90 per pound. Researcher Chris Langdon and his colleagues have developed and patented a strain that can be farmed. Although there are currently no commercial operations growing dulse for human consumption in the United States, there is one commercial operation in Hawaii growing dulse – for snail food.
The seaweed, which looks like translucent red lettuce, is very high in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, contains up to 16% protein by dry weight and hen fried, has a strong bacon flavor. It can be powdered and used as a food ingredient, or eaten raw. Imagine the lettuce you put on your cheeseburger making it healthier and at the same time turning it into a bacon cheeseburger!
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