Bacon-Flavored Seaweed

Bacon-Flavored Seaweed


Chris Langdon and colleagues, Oregon State University (OSU), USA, developed a strain of dulse (Palmaria mollis), a red seaweed, which tastes like bacon. The new strain grows more rapidly than wild dulse and is packed with minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants and its dry weight contains up to 16 % protein.

The marine algae known as dulse grows in the wild in North America along both the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. It is been used as a food in northern Europe for centuries. In its seaweed form, it’s harvested on a small scale and sold as a cooking ingredient or dried as a nutritional supplement.

Langson has two large tanks of the bacon-flavored dulse growing outside his office, which produce about 20–30 pounds of the seaweed each week. The marine science department is working with the business school to explore developing a line of specialty foods. They also have developed a dulse variety that can be farmed. They think this has potential for an entire new aquaculture industry.


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