An online food retailer has created vegan bacon - made from parsnips.
The bacon, from musclefood.com, comes in a kit featuring strips of the vegetable and a marinade made from liquid smoke, yeast, garlic, soy sauce, and black pepper. The strips should be marinated before being grilled and can be eaten as they are, or in recipes like pies and quiches.
According to the company, the alternative 'looks and tastes just like the real thing' and is significantly lower in calories, fat and salt.
"It can sometimes be hard for Brits who want to cut down their intake of animal products to get over the hurdle of giving up foods they've grown fond of over the years," Amy Kershaw, Head of Product Innovation at musclefood.com, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.
"A comforting bacon butty or a filling fry up are staples of our national cuisine, so we’ve decided to dispel the myth that following a vegan diet or cutting down on meat has to be about abstinence.
"Our new completely plant-based bacon kit means that you can enjoy a fresh and healthy alternative to real bacon, without fuelling concerns about harming animals or the planet.
"By following a few simple steps provided with the ingredients, home cooks can turn humble parsnips into tempting vegan bacon ready for the breakfast table or other meals."