New Bacon-Flavored Seaweed Is Twice As Nutritious As Kale

Congratulations, bacon lovers! There is now a new way for you to enjoy that bacon flavor while still maintaining a healthy diet. Even a vegetarian or vegan diet!

Scientists at Oregon State University have recently created and patented a variety of seaweed that, well, tastes like bacon! And, as a bonus, it grows very quickly, has lots of protein and twice the nutritional value of kale.

The scientists were originally looking to develop a new form of dulse, a form of edible seaweed that grows along the Pacific coastline, for the purposes of feeding abalone. After 15 years, the strain of dulse they created was packed with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, not to mention protein, causing the abalone to grow super quickly–which is great because there’s a huge market for that in Asia.

After they were done with that, they decided team up with OSU’s Food Innovation team to do a little experimenting with the dulse, and created a dulse-based rice cracker, a salad dressing, and even bacon strips that can be fried up like bacon and apparently tastes a lot like it. There is no question that the latter will likely be very popular in Portland.

Although I care neither for bacon (I know, I know–I’m sorry! I just don’t! I’m weird, what can I say!) nor for foods masquerading as foods they are not, I am super happy for everyone who is probably way the hell psyched about this. Congratulations, hipsters! It is all you’ve ever dreamed of and more!

[Chicago Tribune]