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Researchers at Oregon State University have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when cooked and has twice the nutritional value of kale. On top of that, thanks to its algae features, it grows very quickly, having the potential of producing 90 pounds per week.

Researcher Chris Langdon and his team found the strain while trying to find a food source for edible sea snails. The university’s Food Innovation Center and Chuck Toomb’s (colleague of Langdon) MBA students are currently thinking of ways to commercialize it and are creating a marketing plan for a new line of specialty foods. The prospects look good: people in northern Europe have consumed seaweed for centuries, and the vegan and vegetarian market is growing.


Tasch, B. (2015, July 16). Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale. Business Insider. Retrieved from http://uk.businessinsider.com/seaweed-that-tastes-like-bacon-2015-7?utm_content=buffer5fe84&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer?r=US&IR=T#ixzz3g9Z6CLYj

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