McCormick & Company’s Flavor Forecast® 2018 looks at the latest ingredients, cooking techniques and culinary ideas driving flavor at restaurants, on retail shelves and in home kitchens. Their 2018 Flavor Forecast highlights the casual, adventurous and interactive nature of how people are eating across the globe.
“For 2018, look to new eating experiences that invite sharing, are globally inspired and pack a flavorful punch,” said McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. While spices play heavy in the trend, herbs have a strong role as well. Here are the five flavor trends the chefs, culinary professionals, trend trackers and flavor experts at McCormick have identified for 2018.
- Handheld Flavor Fusion – Take to the streets for the latest fusing of global cuisines. Carts, trucks and food halls are merging high-flavor fillings with unique crepes, buns and breads for loaded street fare you eat with your hands.
- A Bite of East Africa – East African cuisine is a treasure trove of flavor. The signature seasonings, BBQ marinades and sauces of Tanzania and Ethiopia are being explored across the globe.: Ethiopia’s most popular seasoning — berbere — contains an array of spices like paprika, allspice, coriander, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and red pepper.
- Japanese Izakaya Eats – Sushi isn’t the only bite-sized food Japan has to offer. Izakayas–Japanese gastropubs–serve up casual tasting plates, similar to Spanish tapas. Featuring bold glazes, seaweed seasonings and tangy dipping sauces, these dishes are an explosion of flavor.
- Drink to Your Wellness – Wellness never tasted so good. Breakfast boosts, snacking soups and end-of-day sips feature robust flavors and uplifting ingredients like cucumber, dandelion greens, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Awaken, stay energized, rebalance and above all, enjoy.
- Globetrot with Hot Pot – Throw an Asian hot pot party and leave the cooking to your guests. Gather friends around a steamy pot of deeply flavored broth. Offer meat, seafood and veggies for dunking, then finish with various toppings for a new DIY meal. This East Asian favorite can be easily changed up to go Mexican, Caribbean and more.