Uncovering the Super Seaweed
Yes, you did hear that right – this red seaweed (or dulse, as it is formally known) evokes a very similar flavor to bacon when fried. It is so similar, in fact, that its creators believe it could be used as a nutrient rich alternative to high fat pork products.
The media has dubbed dulse ‘the super seaweed,’ ‘the holy grail of seafood,’ and even ‘the unicorn of the sea,’ as a result of its unexpected taste and the numerous benefits that it could offer both consumers and environmental scientists.
The reality is that seaweed is an extremely versatile and robust plant, which requires neither fresh water nor arable land to survive. This means that it could feasibly be planted and used to rebalance oxygen levels in so called marine dead zones, where the majority of fish and plants have died out.
Plus, there is every opportunity for dulse to become a commercially available product. It is relatively easy to grow on a large scale, has no detrimental impact on the environment, and it offers twice the amount of nutrients contained in popular health foods like kale – no wonder they call it the super seaweed!