NEWPORT, Ore. (KOIN) – You’ve heard – and possibly used the line – about a certain food that “tastes like chicken.”
Oregon State University researchers have gone one better: they’ve patented a new strain of seaweed that, when cooked, tastes like bacon.
A “succulent red marine algae called dulse” grows very fast, has a lot of protein and, well, tastes like bacon when it’s cooked, an OSU release said.
The seaweed grows wild along both US coasts and when it’s harvested sells for about $90 per pound, OSU officials said.
Another OSU faculty member, Chuck Toombs, had the idea for a new industry for Oregon and worked with OSU’s Food Innovation Center in Portland, university officials said.
They got a grant from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and did many tests and trials. A full-fledged industry wasn’t likely or feasible – but when it’s cooked, it tastes like bacon.
“Theoretically, you could create an industry in eastern Oregon almost as easily as you could along the coast with a bit of supplementation,” Langdon said in a statement. “You just need a modest amount of seawater and some sunshine.”