Dulse Seaweed: The Next Big Superfood?
What if I told you that there was a brand new superfood that you have to try…AND it tastes like bacon? You would probably check the calendar and make sure it’s not April 1st or check my cup to make sure it hadn’t been spiked! However, it is true; there is a strain of seaweed called dulse that has superfood properties without the normal grassy taste.
What is Dulse Seaweed?
Dulse is a type of seaweed that looks similar to red leaf lettuce. It has been used for centuries but recently became popular in the U.S. thanks to researchers from Oregon State University. They were trying to find a high nutrient plant to use as food for a scientific experiment. When they came across dulse, saw the impressive nutrient profile and gave it a taste, they thought that this might be something that people would benefit from too.
Health Benefits of Dulse Seaweed?
Like most seaweed, dulse is high in iodine. Iodine is critical to metabolism and thyroid function. A serving of dulse also contains more potassium than a medium sized banana and almost 50% of your daily value of B-6, which is important when it comes to nerve system development.
However, the real claim to fame for dulse is that when pan-fried it can actually taste like bacon. I don’t think that you would get confused in a blind taste test, but having a more sustainable, vegetarian source of this flavor could open a lot of doors.
Of course, you can have too much of a good thing. Due to its high iodine content as well as high sodium content, it is best to use dulse in moderation.
If you are ready to give dulse a try, here are some recipes to get you started!
Recipes with Dulse Seaweed
Dulse “Bacon” and Eggs
Dulse & Cheese Scones
If you give dulse a try, I would love to know about it! Leave your experience or favorite recipe in the comments below!