How about a tasty, crispy, bacon-tasting serving that’s nutrients packed and fit for vegans as well? It’s possible with Dulse, the red seaweed.
The coastlines of the Pacific and Atlantic are packed with Dulse, yet the red seaweed didn’t get too much attention until an enthusiastic research team from the Hatfield Marine Science Center of the Oregon State University patented the red seaweed and transformed it in the promise of agricultural industry.
Not only will Dulse benefit agriculture revenues, but also retailing as there’s something big in store for the red seaweed. Researchers plan to pitch it commercially as Dulse is packed with nutrients, it tastes like bacon and it is delicious. ‘Eat your greens’ should become less of a problem.
The red translucent seaweed has been found to comprise a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Also, in dry weight it contains 15 percent protein. Remember kale? Dulse is twice as nutritious and far tastier, with the unusual bacon flavor satisfying all tastes.
Chuck Toombs of the Oregon State University and researcher on the project commented:
“Dulse is a superfood, with twice the nutritional value of kale. And OSU has developed this variety that can be farmed, with the potential for a new industry in Oregon”.
Initially, the farmed variety of Dulse was meant to feed abalone. Quickly, the researchers took notice of the immense potential the red seaweed has for the human food industry, as well as agriculture.
To fully exploit the potential of the bacon-tasting Dulse, the researchers are supported by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and are working in partnership with the Oregon State University Food Innovation Center from Portland as well as Oregon chefs to unlock the variety of ways that Dulse could be used in.
The crispy, bacon-tasting red seaweed has taken chefs by surprise. It’s a challenge and a great one at that to bring Dulse to as many tables as possible when it becomes commercially available.
Seafood economist Gil Sylvia commented that Dulse has a great potential to becoming the next superfood that topples health conscious lists.
Used fresh or dry, the bacon taste stays, as do all its nutritional values. Don’t shy away once you have the opportunity to taste the Dulse superfood!
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