Oregon State University researchers patented a new strain of seaweed in 2015 that purportedly tastes like bacon when it’s been cooked. It’s even the right color – the magic seaweed is a red marine algae that looks like red lettuce and has double the nutritional value of kale.
"When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed,” researcher Chris Langdon said last year. “And it's a pretty strong bacon flavor."
While it’s new to America, the seaweed strain known as dillisk or dulse has been consumed by people in Japan and northern Europe for centuries.
On today’s show, Doc was thrilled that science is coming through for humankind, while Brad and Kal wanted to know exactly how seaweed that fool your taste buds into thinking “bacon.” Doc proposed a straightforward marketing scheme for selling this seaweed to consumers: Just label it “TASTES LIKE BACON.”