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New Seaweed Tastes Just Like Bacon When Fried

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Dulse (Palmaria sp.) grows in the wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It is harvested and usually sold for up to $90 a pound in dried form as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement. But researcher Chris Langdon and colleagues at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have created and patented a new strain of dulse – one he has been growing for the past 15 years.

This strain, which looks like translucent red lettuce, is an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants – and it contains up to 16 percent protein in dry weight, Langdon said.

Pros: Lots of protein, low fat, low environmental impact.

Cons: I know bacon. Bacon is a friend of mine. This is no bacon. 

Also, that price is a problem.

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