The field of food and nutrition is booming in Quebec and around the world. Quebeckers are increasingly aware of the importance of choosing the right foods. They are looking for fresh, natural and healthy products. You just have to walk through a bookstore in the recipes and food guides section to see the incredible number of new books that we are offered each week. The phenomenon is gaining momentum and it is interesting to see that the generation of “millennia” (born after 1980) is particularly concerned with its diet, health and environment.
Here are the 10 new food trends that will dominate the year 2019 according to global experts from the Whole Foods Market.
1. Floral Flavors
Colorful and delicious, the edible flowers give a wind of originality to our plates. In addition to being pretty, they bring sweetness and voluptuousness to our dishes. But now the use of flowers in the kitchen is growing and we will savor them differently this year! If the waters of rose and orange blossom already have their place in the oriental cuisine, this type of floral infusion will now interfere in our dishes and our cocktails. Flowers are added to infusions and slabs. Lavender-flavored or rose-flavored and pink hibiscus tea are part of the trend as elderflower makes a splash in cocktails and sparkling beverages.
2. Super Powders
Easy to incorporate, powders find their place in slabs, smoothies, nutritious bars, soups and baked goods. For a boost of energy, replace coffee with matcha, maca root or cocoa. In addition, ground turmeric powder, a spice widely used in Ayurvedic medicine, is still popular. This year, smoothie lovers will add spirulina, kale, herbs and ground roots to their preparation.
3. Functional Mushrooms
Consumers are looking for functional fungi that are traditionally used in dietary supplements. Varieties such as reishi, chaga, cordyceps are present in several products (drinks, smoothies, teas, etc.). The taste of mushrooms adds to the flavor of cocoa, chocolate and coffee.
4. The Middle East Cuisine
For years, culinary influences from the Middle East have made their way west and in this year 2019, their tasty traditions are needed. We already know hummus, pita bread and falafel, but now consumers are ready to explore other avenues. They discover classic ingredients from Middle Eastern cultures with Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian and Lebanese influences. Spices such as harissa, cardamom and za’atar appear in our menus, as well as dishes such as shakshuka, grilled halloumi and lamb. Other Middle Eastern foods include pomegranate, eggplant, cucumber, parsley, mint, tahini, tomato jam and dried fruit.
5. More Transparency
More than ever in 2019, consumers want to know everything about the foods they eat and where they come from. They require precise labeling of products. Transparency concerning GMOs is at the forefront. But buyers are also looking for other information such as fair trade certification, responsible production and animal welfare standards.
6. High Tech Vegetable Feeding
The technology industry now has a place in the field of food. Science is used to advance recipes and manipulate plant-based ingredients and proteins. These techniques create alternatives, for example, vegan sausages or “non-tunas” made from vegetables. These new production techniques provide a variety of new products such as lactose-free desserts. We will also see different varieties of drinks, such as that with macadam nuts. The goal: to offer healthy and vegan alternatives to traditional dishes.
The consumer will seek to diversify its sources of protein. There will be a greater awareness about the impact of animal husbandry on the environment.
7. Blown And Sauted Snacks
The new technology revolutionizes everything that is blown, sautéed, dried and crispy. We find chips of different flavors and different textures prepared with all kinds of ingredients, for example, based on Brussels sprouts or parsnips.
8. Tacos Are Everywhere
The tacos take place at lunch and we find them everywhere. The classic taco is transformed with new fillings. The lunches and desserts will therefore take on a Latin flavor.
9. The Fight against Waste Foods
The fight against food waste will continue with the “root-to-stem” movement of using whole vegetables in recipes. More and more chefs will participate in this movement. In addition to being creative, it will reduce costs and waste.
10. New Peaceful Waters
A whole new category of sparkling waters will see the light of day. These are flavored sparkling waters. They will replace sweetened soft drinks. 2019 will be the year of the bubbles with soft drinks to taste quite unexpected: maple, birch or elderflower!
AND EVEN MORE NEW TRENDS…
In 2019, there will be a growing interest in urban agriculture, regardless of access, be it a small balcony, a window sill, a roof or a garden. Moreover, it goes without saying that with the release of the new Canada’s Food Guide we will talk a lot about nutrition in 2019. Finally, with the legalization of cannabis in Canada, it will not be surprising to see appearing snacks and beverages based of this plant.