Fry This Plant-Based Food And You Will Get Flavored Bacon

So many people struggle to go vegan because they believe they cannot live without the flavor of meat, especially bacon flavor. It seems as if they were addicted to it so telling them about going vegan is just unimaginable to them. However, this excuse could become obsolete from now on since the Oregon State University has published its revolutionary research findings about a certain seaweed. In fact, their findings seemed to have been achieved rather by accident and not on purpose after Chris Langdon, leader of the research team, had found out that frying this seaweed gives it a strong bacon flavor. Read on to learn more about these awesome news!

“Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s cooked.

The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon?

According to Oregon State researcher Chris Langdon, his team started growing the new strain while trying to find a good food source for edible sea snails, or abalone, a very popular food in many parts of Asia. The strain is a new type of red algae that normally grows along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines.

But Langdon realized he had his hands on something with a lot more potential when his colleague Chuck Toombs visited his office and caught a glimpse of the growing seaweed. Toombs said he thought the bacon-seaweed had “the potential for a new industry for Oregon,” he told Oregon State in a press release.

Toombs then began working with the university’s Food Innovation Center, which created a range of foods with the seaweed as its main ingredient.

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Langdon said no US companies grow red algae for people to eat, but the seaweed had been consumed by people in northern Europe for centuries.

“This stuff is pretty amazing,” Langdon told OSU. “When you fry it, which I have done, it tastes like bacon, not seaweed. And it’s a pretty strong bacon flavor.”

Though no analysis has been done yet to find out whether commercializing the bacon-seaweed would be practical, the team thinks the vegan and vegetarian markets may be interested. Toombs’ MBA students are hard at work on a marketing plan for a new line of specialty foods.

Some red algae is sold in the US now, but it is a different strain from the one harvested at OSU. Langdon says he is growing about 20 to 30 pounds of the stuff a week, but he plans to more than triple the production.”



  1. Melanie Francis Reply

    I made vegan bacon today with rice paper and smokey marinade. It was quite nice but funnily enough the meat eaters ate more of it than the vegans!

  2. Melinda Rice Reply

    Please do not call yourself vegan if you still want to eat products that taste like murdered animals. You obviously do not go out and protest and fight for animal lives if you still want to eat products that taste like animals. Please call yourself plant-based and please call your page going plant-based because you are nowhere near vegan.

  3. Ceret Clark Reply

    Most people transition to Veganism. Like the page is called “Going Vegan.” Bacon is delicious, and as a real vegan, you should be happy that people are trying. Quit being a$#%&!@*

  4. Michelle Martin Reply

    Just because they are vegan doesn’t mean they don’t like the taste of meat, dairy or eggs. There are plenty alternatives where they can have the taste and NO HARM involved.

  5. Jasmine Denson Reply

    Unfortunately even after going ‘plant based’ as you wanna call it, people who have grown up with these types of foods will see it, smell it, someone will mention it and the taste will come back. Their hearts and minds will then go towards the reasons why they don’t eat that anymore. But they will crave that item then, so sometimes having a vegan version is helpful. No animals are hurt, it tastes like they remember, they stay healthy & stay vegan. Don’t be like that. The more options people have going vegan for keeping their meals as unchanged as possible the more likely people will move over to this lifestyle.
    I called myself plant based, because I have leather items still in use and I’m not going to throw away things that still have a lot of use in them. That would be so wasteful. When it needs replacing I will try to recycle most of them and replace with plant based alternatives.

  6. Dawn Foster Reply

    Why get flavoured bacon I’d the reason you are vegetarian or vegan is due to taste of meat. Always amazes me and I am a vegetarian. X

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