FOOD, SPICE, & EVERYTHING NICE
Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2010!!!! This year, the blog is taking on a new name: Food, Spice, & Everything Nice. Sign up to receive the weekly newsletter which will update you on the newest blog posting. Seeing that everyone will be writing a new years article on weight loss and how to get thin, healthy, and happy in the new year, I decided to write the new years blog on "Flavor Trends of 2010." A market research company, Mintel, has predicted that this new year will be a combination of the old and new. As people cut back on expenses and focus on home cooking, this year's flavor trends are expected to reflect more home cooking and combine the old with the new. Home-baked traditional foods will be combined with new flavors. Globalization is expected to bring ethnic spices to the tables of Americans. Comfort foods combined with the following six flavors are expected to be seen in a variety of products and on many menus.
Cardamom - An herb in the ginger family found in southern India commonly used in Indian cooking. It has also been used medicinally. It is said to have a strong, unique taste and a coolness similar to mint. It has already been used to flavor a Cosmic chocolate bar.
Sweet Potato - A familiar food to most of us, however, this year we may be begin to see these potatoes as a trendy health food full of vitamins especially vitamin B6, C, and beta carotene.
Hibiscus - A flavor that commonly is found in tea is now starting to branch out. Hint has started a line of water with a hint of hibiscus flavor. It is likely to be added to a variety of beverages in 2010.
Cupuaçu - Expected to be the next fad super fruit. This coconut looking fruit common in Brazil is related to cocoa. It is said to have a sweet, creamy taste similar to cocoa. It contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like all fruit, however, it also contains essential fatty acids and protein. Musselmans launched a lime and cupuaçu-flavored apple sauce with this unique flavor.
Rose Water - Formerly just a fragrance, this year rose water will likely begin to infuse our desserts and add a unique flavor to a variety of dishes.
Latin Spices - While we cook at home and stick to our favorites, watch out for the added spices. Although "Latin cuisine" is hardly one taste, spices used throughout all of Latin America will begin to create their own American flavors. Cilantro, garlic, chile, cumin, and epazote may be some of the expected spices to watch out for!
It should be an interesting year both in the grocery store, at restaurants, and at parties! Prepare yourself to try something new. Happy New Year!
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