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The 10 Top Food Trends for 2018, According to Whole Foods - Grocery News

The 10 Top Food Trends for 2018, According to Whole Foods - Grocery News
From The Kitchn - November 8, 2017

It's hard to imagine, but we are less than two months away from 2018. That means it's time to start wrapping up 2017 and thinking about the new year. This week Whole Foods released their annual forecast of the flavors, products, and culinary influences that will take off in the next year.

Their list is compiled by industry experts, trend forecasters, and buyers with more than 100 years of combined experience in sourcing products and spotting trends. And what they think will sell is what we will all be able to buy in stores in the next few months. That means 2018 might be a good year for anybody interested in elderflower sparkling water, mushrooms, and cooking with beet leaves and broccoli stems.

The Top Food Trends of 2018, According to Whole Foods

According to Whole Foods, these will be the 10 biggest food trends of 2018

1. Flowers

Everything in 2018 is coming up roses. (And elderflower, lavender, hibiscus, and violets, too.) Edible flowers are huge as garnishes, salad ingredients, teas, and flavorings for everything from candy to coffee. Pistachio rose lattes were just the beginning. Now everything is going to be flower-flavored or flower-scented. Whole Foods even has lavender-lemon granola and raspberry-geranium popsicles.

2. "Super powders"

People liked the idea of protein powders so much, they are ready to add powders to anything they possibly can. Matcha and turmeric are still going strong, and powdered vegetables like kale, spirulina, spinach, and herbs are being sold in powdered form to add to smoothies and soups.

3. Mushrooms

Mushrooms are delicious, and they also have a ton of health benefits. Now people are starting to use them in dietary supplements, and even in bottled beverages, teas, and coffees. A mushroom smoothie might sound odd, but it goes well with chocolate or coffee to make something really rich and interesting. (Mushrooms are also getting very popular in skin and hair care right now.)

4. More Middle Eastern cuisines

"Middle Eastern" food is a huge umbrella embracing many regional cuisines. Now people are ready to dive deeper and get more specific about what they are eating and where it comes from. Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian, and Lebanese influences are becoming more popular on menus, and shoppers are buying more spices like harissa, cardamom, and za'atar.

5. More transparency

6. High-tech vegan food

7. Puffed and popped snacks

8. Even more tacos

9. Root-to-stem recipes

10. More fancy, sparkling, nonalcoholic beverages

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