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Bacon From the Sea?

Oregon is known for unique, innovative, creative combinations and even odd foods, but does this tip the plate too far?

Can seaweed really taste like bacon?  Whether is does or not is debatable but what is not are all the potential opportunities for commercial applications.  This special red seaweed, called dulse, contains iodine, vitamins A and C, and lots of protein.

After 20 years of research the seaweed is known to be sustainable and very fast growing.  The Food Innovation Center at OSU is already creating lots of snack food prototypes like peanut brittle and popcorn.  What do you think?  Time for some ingredient mind shifts?

Watch this video to see more about this protein powerhouse.  Share what you think.

…The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. …

According to Oregon State researcher Chris Langdon, his team started growing the new strain while trying to find a good food source for edible sea snails, or abalone, …

… Chuck Toombs visited his office and caught a glimpse of the growing seaweed. …

Toombs then began working with the university’s Food Innovation Center, which created a range of foods with the seaweed as its main ingredient.

… no US companies grow red algae for people to eat, but the seaweed had been consumed by people in northern Europe for centuries.

… Langdon told OSU. “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. …

Though no analysis has been done yet to find out whether commercializing the bacon-seaweed would be practical, …. students are hard at work on a marketing plan for a new line of specialty foods. ….