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THE smell of siz­zling ba­con is one of the most ir­re­sistible kitchen aro­mas and now even vege­tar­i­ans might be able to en­joy it with­out feel­ing bad. Ore­gon State Univer­sity re­searchers have patented a new strain of red sea­weed that they say tastes just like ba­con. Called dulse, the marine al­gae has a “pretty strong ba­con flavour” but has “twice the nu­tri­tional value of kale”, said lead re­searcher Chris Lang­don. Mr Lang­don said the al­gae was al­ready har­vested and usu­ally sold for up to $ 240 a kilo in dried form as a cook­ing in­gre­di­ent or nu­tri­tional sup­ple­ment. “In Europe, they add the pow­der to smooth­ies, or add flakes onto food,” he said. “This stuff is pretty amaz­ing. When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like ba­con, not sea­weed. And it’s a pretty strong ba­con flavour.”

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