Tea Hits BBC’s 2018 Food Trends List
The Good Food team at BBC releases its Top 10 Food Trends for 2018. It predicts that 2018 will be a year of more adventurous veggie and vegan cuisine with a rise in hyper-local cooking. Here are the predictions:
- Gut-Friendly Food
With fermenting, pickling and preserving reaching the mainstream, the panel agrees that gut helath is set to be a big food trend for 2018. This includes products like kimchi, miso and kefir as well as probiotics like onions, garlic and other alliums.
- Competitive Dining
The panel also predicts that more social media buffs will enter the fray of competitive dining. Expect Instagram feeds full of inventive—even bordering on crazy—dishes from budding home chefs.
- Booze-free Beverages
Supermarket forecasters say health-conscious millennials are drinking less booze. Premium tonic waters with interesting flavors, non-alcoholic spirits and botanical mixes will fill the gap in the market.
- Hawaiian Food
Poke bowls are everyday food in Hawaii, think sushi without the fuss. These bowls are endlessly customizable and can be inexpensive.
- Timut Pepper
Timut pepper, from Nepal, is spiky, zesty and grapefruity and leaves a residual heat on the palate. It may be the next big condiment and it also takes a gin and tonic to the next level.
- Specialized Tea
Herbal and green tea sales continue to grow, so expect to see even more tea bars popping up. People are beginning to think of tea with the same reverence as coffee for its many varieties.
- Hyper-Local Food
More and more consumers are demanding food that is grown close to home, even within walking distance. Restaurants are following suit and adding this hyper sense of localism to sourcing their ingredients.
Pronounced heem from the Greek word for blood, heme is still hard to source, but is at the cutting edge of food science and may be the stepping stone to more environmentally sustainable meat alternatives. Food tech startup Impossible Foods is using it to add a meat quality to plant-based burgers, including the bloodiness found in rare meat.
- Plant-Based Protein
Veganism is on the rise and along with it ingredients like tofu, tempeh and quinoa. Redefined Indian cuisine (with an emphasis on pulses) is a growing trend and expect to see more meat-free days in 2018.
- Everyday Food Tech
Smart kitchen appliances, like the smart fridge, are on the rise. Also, expect to see more “shelfies” so consumers can easily see what they need to buy. Voice-operated gadgets like Google Home and Alexa will take shopping lists to the next level.