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Scientists Develop Nutritious Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon 174

cold fjord writes: According to a New Zealand Herald report, "Researchers at Oregon State University have patented a new strain of succulent red marine algae that tastes like bacon when it's cooked. The protein-packed algae sea vegetable called dulse grows extraordinarily fast and is wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It has been sold for centuries in a dried form around northern Europe, used in cooking and as a nutritional supplement. ... Chris Langdon has created a new strain of the weed which looks like a translucent red lettuce. An excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, the "superfood" contains up to 16 per cent protein in dry weight. ... It has twice the nutritional value of kale." Langdon says, "When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it's a pretty strong bacon flavor."
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Scientists Develop Nutritious Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon

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  • Shut up.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:24AM (#50128049)

    ..and take my money!

    • by MagickalMyst ( 1003128 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @11:21AM (#50128719)
      Warning: This 'seaweed bacon' article is clickbait. It actually tastes like chicken.
  • Dubious (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:24AM (#50128051)

    Even Turkey "bacon" does not taste like Bacon, usually these things end up being pretty disappointing.

    • Re:Dubious (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Doug Otto ( 2821601 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:29AM (#50128123)
      If eating salty, fatty, nitrate laden cured pork is wrong I don't want to be right.
      • If eating salty, fatty, nitrate laden cured pork is wrong I don't want to be right.

        Better not eat any fruit ever - that's where most of our nitrates come from.

        Good luck with your botulism.

    • by ranton ( 36917 )

      While I agree it will probably taste less like bacon than even turkey bacon, if eating it is healthier than most green leafy vegetables then I will give it a lot of latitude. I don't eat turkey bacon primarily because it still isn't that good for you, and if I am being bad I might as well eat the real thing. But since I already force myself to eat things like broccoli and cauliflower because of the health benefits, a vegetable that tastes close to bacon would be very welcomed.

      I will be surprised if science

      • No, when they say it has "[multiple] the nutritional value of kale" your alarm bells should be going off, seriously. Nutritional value isn't a video game with a single score. Anybody who makes that claim, their whole spiel should be disregarded because it is just marketing crap-speak.

        Dulce is higher in some things than kale, and lower than others. It has a substantially different nutrient profile.

        They're not going to make healthy foods for you, because you don't really care very much. If you have to force y

    • Re:Dubious (Score:4, Funny)

      by Mr D from 63 ( 3395377 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @12:56PM (#50129785)
      I bet it tastes good with bacon on it.
  • by bistromath007 ( 1253428 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:26AM (#50128075)
    Obviously, if their company mascot isn't a sea pig, they're morons.
  • Don't tell Monsanto!
  • New Zealand Herald? (Score:5, Informative)

    by monkeyxpress ( 4016725 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:31AM (#50128135)

    Do stories from the US have to be routed through the New Zealand media now?

    Time, Huffingtonpost, even the Daily Mail are running this story, and the original press release is here:

    http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/... [oregonstate.edu]

  • Fried in what? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anil ( 7001 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:38AM (#50128221)

    When I fry things in delicious bacon fat, they also taste of bacon.

  • by Idou ( 572394 )
    Shut-up and take my money. . .
  • It looks like it has always tasted like bavon when fried. Not a real innovation there but I do want to see dulse beer.
    • I've never had traditional dulce (dried) fried, but it starts out with a salty savory flavor. That said, imagining what it'd taste like fried, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to say "bacon." Hopefully these guys have pulled off something special with this variant and we truly will get sea bacon.
    • Frying requires the use of bacon fat in this case. I think you'll enjoy the result.
  • by Idou ( 572394 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:44AM (#50128287) Journal
    The researchers who have invented bacon that tastes like seaweed are having trouble generating the same amount of buzz. . .
  • Ridiculous (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:46AM (#50128307)

    I'm all for these kind of foods, but this is NOT what patents were intended to do, and the economic result is negative for society as a whole, not positive. By granting and enforcing this patent, government is setting a precedent where eventually all crops will be patented -- because all crops are the result of selective breeding, and have been since human beings first settled down and became farmers thousands of years ago. Granting a patent on the results of selective breeding is every bit as corrupt and absurd as granting a patent on human DNA.

  • by bigpat ( 158134 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:48AM (#50128341)
    I used to have fresh dulse from time to time... I liked it. And will occasionally buy some when I find it in the grocery store. I never thought to fry it up like bacon. Perhaps frying something that is good for you is a bit counterproductive?
    • by BVis ( 267028 )

      It's still better than frying the real thing. So long as you use a light oil (peanut, canola) frying is OK in smaller doses.

    • The body requires fat for proper function. The as*hat food manufacturers of the last few decades got everyone brainwashed on the subject, even doctors. As with most things, it's the excess thereof that's the problem. As the saying goes, "all things in moderation."
  • ...I needed another reason to hate kale.
  • I'd try this (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @10:57AM (#50128447) Homepage

    I'd definitely try this. The first application should be bacon sushi. Wrap some of the bacon-seaweed around some sticky rice and tempura-bacon-seaweed and serve with wasabi and ginger.

    • by Nidi62 ( 1525137 )
      Even better just wrap rice with this and flash fry it real quick.
    • I'd definitely try this. The first application should be bacon sushi. Wrap some of the bacon-seaweed around some sticky rice and tempura-bacon-seaweed and serve with wasabi and ginger.

      ... and bacon.

      • As someone who is kosher/vegetarian, this would ruin the dish for me. Don't worry, though, I'll just have them serve my bacon on a different plate and pass it to you. Sometimes there are benefits to dining with people who don't eat bacon!

  • by The Raven ( 30575 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @11:03AM (#50128517) Homepage

    I guarantee that it will be sold for more than Bacon, even if it costs less to produce. Sometimes the healthy food tax is frustrating.

    • I guarantee that it will be sold for more than Bacon, even if it costs less to produce. Sometimes the healthy food tax is frustrating.

      yeah it's too bad that we live in a society where you can't compete and undercut someone who is charging too much....

      oh wait

      • Does your "oh wait" mean waiting several years until the patents expire, so that competitors can make it too?

    • There isn't a tax on healthy food, but there is most definitely a subsidy on unhealthy food.
    • by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @11:42AM (#50129007) Homepage

      As this is just a plant (seaweed), it would be automatically Kosher. I'm assuming that there's no "we inserted X genes from pigs into the seaweed" trickery involved to make Orthodox Jews think twice. From what I've read, this is something that's been in use for awhile outside of America and might be introduced here because they realized that it tastes like bacon when fried.

      • by hey! ( 33014 )

        Technically it's not a plant. Its a macroalgae and thus belongs to an entirely distinct taxonomic kingdom from plants and animals. Of course halakhically it probably counts as a plant because Jewish law isn't based on modern scientific concepts.

        Many years ago some of my wife's friends inhabited a kosher apartment near her engineering school that had been passed down through generations of orthodox students. A dispute arose over whether a particular bowl was glass or pottery. Finally they called in their bud

  • Bacon or "bacon flavor"? That's a big difference.

  • by Solandri ( 704621 ) on Friday July 17, 2015 @12:03PM (#50129247)

    Chris Langdon has created a new strain of the weed which looks like a translucent red lettuce. An excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, the "superfood" contains up to 16 per cent protein in dry weight. ... It has twice the nutritional value of kale." Langdon says, "When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it's a pretty strong bacon flavor."

    It's people. Translucent Red is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. That's why it tastes like bacon - we taste like pork [huffingtonpost.com]. Next thing, they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them! You tell everybody. Listen to me. Hatcher. You've gotta tell 'em! TRANSLUCENT RED IS PEOPLE! We gotta stop them! Somehow! Listen! Listen to me... PLEASE!!!

  • Jury's out for me until I can sample it. Might taste like bacon, but I doubt it'll mimic the texture of bacon.
  • My God, will no one think of the fingerlings?
  • Used to eat it all the time growing up in New Brunswick. Never knew it was considered a "super food", whatever that really means...

    Who knew that it could be genetically altered to taste like bacon when fried...

  • 1. As droughts become more common and severe, the price of meat (which takes a lot more water per calorie than veg) will rise. Alternatively, the animal rights folks will make strides that make factory farming illegal and thus forces all meat to be produced at small, organic/free range farms. Supply goes down, price goes up.

    2. Meat substitutes will get tastier and tastier, and as demand increases, production will scale and prices will go down.

    I'm a carnivore (and bacon-lover, especially), but I see this as

  • But does it run Linux?
  • Texture, smell? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    I like bacon, but I don't think I'd like it if it was green, soggy, and excessively chewy. Octopus tastes like chicken too, but it's like chewing a rubber eraser.
  • fuck particle physics, fuck cancer.

    this is what all science everywhere should be doing.

    making more things taste like bacon.

    the only worthy goal in life.

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