The Big Food Trends to Know for 2018

Posted on 5th January 2018

Last year was all about the avocado, brunch and buddha bowls. This year, trends are set to continue to follow the changing attitudes towards health, rising intolerances and consuming less meat. Vegetarianism and veganism are becoming more mainstream and so too are more adventurous dishes, flavours and alternative ingredients. 2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the gourmand in the UK, here are our favourite trends for the year to come. 

Plant Products

Plant-based milks, such as oat, soy, almond and coconut have been gaining in popularity over the past few years, but 2018 is set to be the year that plant-based meat alternatives hit the mainstream. Tofu and tempeh are being seen on more menus, but the big break looks to be Heme – genetically modified yeast from soy plants that’s used to make plant-based ‘meat’. 

Timut Pepper

These punchy peppercorns from Nepal are here to steal the title of trendy seasoning from Pink Himalayan Salt. Timut pepper is zesty and citrusy, with notes of grapefruit and passionfruit. From the same family as Szechuan pepper, it has the same tongue tingling properties and adds a warmth to dishes. Expect to see it in savoury dishes as well as in cocktails! 

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Super Pow(d)ers

Matcha and turmeric were all the rage in 2017, and hot on their heels are activated charcoal, maca root and cacao. Activated charcoal has been a beauty favourite and is now being explored as a superfood, it earns double trend points as its distinctive black colouring puts it high up on ingredients used for ‘goth foods’ – the antidote to rainbow/unicorn foods. Maca is vegetable grown in Peru, and its roots have a long history of culinary and medicinal use there- it’s said to improve mood, energy, libido and more. Cacao, is the dried and fermented seed of the plant from which we also get cocoa to make chocolate with. Raw, powdered cacao is full of flavonoids which are natural antioxidants, and high in minerals like magnesium and sulphur. Expect to see these super powders offered on chai lattes, donuts and smoothies this year! 

Stem to Root Recipes

As food waste and environmental concerns affect our eating habits, whole food cooking is on the rise. Expect to see recipes and dishes containing fruits and vegetables with the parts you’d usually discard – just don’t eat any rhubarb leaves! 

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