Good news, reformed carnivores: you can once again enjoy the delicious flavor of bacon without returning to your old, meat-eating ways.
A research team from OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center has patented a new strain of red marine algae called dulse that looks like a red lettuce, is full of protein, and when cooked, seriously tastes like bacon. Dulse grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines and is harvested and sold in a dried form as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement.
"There hasn’t been a lot of interest in using it in a fresh form." researcher Chris Langdon said, "But this stuff is pretty amazing. When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavor." Bacon flavor minus the guilt? Done, we'll take it all!