Like anything, food follows trends and what you eat is no doubt influenced by what’s going on in the kitchens of the country’s most influential foodies. 2017 saw the rise of poké bowls, frosé and tumeric lattes, but what new and unusual foods will be the talk of the year ahead? Read on and find out.
As part of the ongoing wellness trend, we are increasingly swapping foods for their more ‘natural’ forms: agave syrup over sugar; coconut flour over regular flour; turmeric lattes over regular lattes. So it was only a matter of time before someone went a step too far and released ‘raw’ water. Raw water is unfiltered, untreated and unsteralised water, and therefore is fluoride-free and chlorine-free. It can, however, contain cholera, Hepatitis A, E. coli, carcinogenic compounds, metals, and parasites like Giardia.
Drink this instead: Summer Cocktails
The average customer is wiser and more educated than ever before about the food they’re eating, which has seen the rise of so-called ‘superfoods’. Mushrooms are set to be a highly touted superfood this year, as they’re packed with antioxidants and vital nutrients like vitamin B, potassium, and iron. Don’t be surprised to see them in powdered form, sneaking their way into coffee, chocolate and tea.
Try them in: Prawn, Mushroom & Shiitake Mushroom Stir Fry
First there was Mexican, then came lobster rolls, kale and smashed avo. Next up? Middle-Eastern cuisine. Foods like hummus, pita and felafel have warmed our tastebuds and now we’re ready to explore more adventurous Middle-Eastern dishes and ingredients such as harissa, cardamom, za’atar, pomegranate, eggplant and tahini. Expect to see restaurants specialising in regional cuisines including Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian, and Lebanese.
Give it a try: White Bean, Eggplant & Parsnip Salad w Yoghurt Dressing
Fermented and Pickled Foods
Dovetailing with the wellness trend and our paranoia of food intolerances, this year will be all about gut health. Building on the kombucha trend, fermented or pickled ingredients including miso, kimchi and kefir that are known to aid digestion will be popular.
Which to buy: How to pick a pickle
This trend is again a product of our increased interest in health and wellbeing. Increasingly, we are seeing more and more people go meat-free as they believe a plant-based diet to be more beneficial to their health and the environment. While some might not be ready to commit 100% to the movement, meat-eaters are increasingly opting for the odd vegetarian meal or doing ‘meat-free Monday’ to reduce food bills.
Give it a try: Homemade Egyptian Felafel