This Seaweed Tastes Like Bacon and Has Twice the Nutritional Value of Kale!

Have you ever thought that seaweed would taste like bacon? Right, neither we did.

At Oregon State University (OSU), some researchers have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s cooked.
According to Christopher Langdon, who is a researcher at OSU, he and 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, at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. Langdon realized he had his hands on something special when his colleague Chuck Toombs caught a glimpse of it growing. Toombs said he thought that “the seaweed had the potential for a new industry on the Oregon”. He then began working with the university’s Food Innovation Center, which created a variety of foods with the seaweed as its main ingredient.

Irish Moss and Pepper Dulse. 
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Chuck Toombs said: “Dulse is a superfood, with twice the nutritional value of kale.

Dulse has actually been around for a long time already. It has been produced and consumed by people in northern Europe for centuries. It is well known as a natural source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Chris Langdon said that there’s no US company that grows red algae for people to eat, but the seaweed had been consumed by people in northern Europe for centuries. Also, Langdon 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 flavor.

Some red algae are sold in the US now, but it is a different strain from the one harvested at OSU. Langdon said that he is growing about 20 to 30 pounds of the stuff a week, but he plans to more than triple the production. There is no analysis that 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.

Source:
OSU

Sea Turtles Get Rescued From Unnecessary Suffering

As you may know, barnacles are some sort of crustacean that usually fix themselves to rigid surfaces as rocks or even ships. Yet, sometimes they can attach to the sea turtles shell. Although one single barnacle doesn’t particularly cause any sort of damage, if the barnacles number found on a turtle’s shell is too high, that could turn into real struggles for the hopeless marine creature. Swimming difficulties, infections and even poor eyesight can be the result of these sticky crustacean.

And today we will focus on a random act of kindness, where a heroic guy from Sri Lanka, decides to help some poor sea turtles to dispose of a burden that could eventually cost their lives. The helpful man, called Chika Boy is great fond of wildlife and always willing to step up for the hopeless animals. This time, he removes the barnacles from the turtle’s shell!

So, in his latest YouTube video, Chika Boy shows us the easiest way to help a sea turtle to get rid of those unpleasant guests. You can see how many barnacles attached themselves to this tiny sea turtle. Fortunately, this nice guy removes them all using a special tool. Then, with its shell clean, Chika Boy releases the turtle back in the ocean.

Scroll down and find more of his videos on YouTube.

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