We talk about it all the time. If the nutritious foods you’re eating aren’t flavorful, odds are good you won’t be eating them for very long. Taste tends to win out over time, but luckily there are always new ways to ensure the foods you eat aren’t just good for you, but flavorful too. Thanks to the McCormick Flavor Forecast Report, you’ll be ready to enhance your favorite dishes with a few new, trendy flavors that are sure to keep meals interesting all year long.
In the report, 8 flavor trends are highlighted. They include:
Global blends on the move. Get a new kind of spicy heat with Japanese 7 Spice (Shichimi Togarashi) or warm up your grilled meats with Shawarma Spice Blend. Either way, you’ll be adding unique flavor with strong global influences into your next dish.
Middle Eastern Mezze. Packed with zesty herbs and seasonings, these dips and spreads are another great way to incorporate tastes from across the globe into your next meal.
Sour + Salt. Seasoned salt was great, but how about sour seasoned salt? Pairing up salt with things like pickled ginger, sour cherry, dried mango and lemon zest can give your dishes great flavor and enhance both brightness and texture along the way.
Smoked Spices. Grab your smoking gun! Its time to get smokin’. Not only is smoking spices just fun, it also deepens their flavor and aroma. This is a great way to add richness to your meals and even drinks.
Umami Veggies. There are four basic flavors we’re told we can taste – sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. But the Japenese word “umami” often refers to a “fifth taste” – the meaty or savory taste often accompanying some of our favorite veggies. Mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and nori are just a few foods with umami and can be a great way to satisfy that fifth taste desire.
Liquid Revolution. Ever thought about adding herbs and spices to your smoothie? How about your favorite sauce? Adding bold flavors to your favorite dressings, sauces, marinades, juices, and smoothies is a trend we’re pretty excited about because it can completely revolutionize the flavor profile of your dish or drink. Its also an easy way to make less enticing foods more appealing. In fact, this may just be the “secret ingredient” in your favorite dish you’ve been looking for.
Flavor Worth the Wait. Slow cooked meals continue to prove popular – but this time not just for convenience. Instead, slow cooking is highlighted because it allow flavors to develop and truly come together for a unique experience.
Classic spiced cookie flavors take new form in decadent, imaginative desserts that redefine “milk and cookies.”
Cookies Reimagined. Get ready to rethink your plate of milk and cookies! Decadent, flavorful desserts are expected to take the stage in 2015. Here’s hoping healthier cookies are also in the mix.
If you’re noticing a strong, bolder flavor vibe, you’re right; there seems to be an increase in demand for more intense flavor experiences and these trends deliver just that. From restaurant dishes to those made in your home, don’t be surprised if you start seeing some of these trends come to fruition. For the past 15 years the Flavor Forecast has predicted trends that have changed the way people eat. We here at Around the Plate hope these trends inspire you to eat healthier and happier each day.
Not quite sure how to incorporate these trends into your day? Download the full forecast and grab recipes for each of the trends mentioned here.
Which trend are you most willing to try or incorporate into your meals?