Anxious to cook up something new in 2009? The September 2008 issue of Specialty Food Magazine reports that 2009 promises to be the year when consumers try more exotic flavors than ever before. More people had a chance to travel in 2005 and 2006, giving them the opportunity to try global cuisine and bring home a few tricks of the trade for their own kitchen preparations.
Fresh spices from Asia, exotic fruit in savory dishes and sweet and savory pairings are just a few top trends in restaurant menus and gourmet pantries across the country for 2009. Whether you’re a die-hard foodie or just jumping into gourmet food tastings, here’s what to look forward to in 2009:
2009 Food Trend: Yumberry Jam
If you enjoy exotic fruit, enjoy some of the latest picks from the Amazonian jungle at the breakfast table. This is the year to spread some antioxidant-rich jams and jellies on toast and enjoy some very unique flavors. Superfruits including mangosteen and acai berry will continue to be popular picks for those who want a sweet but tart wake-up call.
2009 Food Trend: More Than Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb is going to start showing up in both sweet and savory dishes this year as chefs adapt this versatile ingredient for a number of dishes. Rhubarb can be used in stir fries, pot pies and other savory dishes to give the recipe a hint of sweetness – and a distinctive flavor.
2009 Food Trend: The Fifth Taste
Fermented foods including mushrooms, cheese and other foods that have the taste profile known as ‘umami’ will be driving many of the exotic food trends in 2009. More chefs will be designing menu items around fermented foods that add a sour ‘bite’ to any dish. These foods may also have benefits for the digestive system, so don’t be surprised to find new condiments and ingredients in the health food aisle.
2009 Food Trend: Turmeric for Your Health
Spice blends from the Middle East return for another year as more people jump into the flavors of the Far East to liven up their dishes. Cumin, garam masala, Japanese tamari and curry powder will all be making an appearance in otherwise-bland dishes, and helping you train your tastebuds for a new experience.
2009 Food Trend: Comfort Foods from the Far East
Joseph Baum & Michael Whiteman Co, an international restaurant consulting company reports that Asian pasta dishes finished with cream-based sauces and other dishes that will lull you to sleep are on the trend radar for 2009. More people will be looking for a fresh twist on the Western classics, so don’t be surprised to find spicy macaroni and cheese or cardamom-spiced bread pudding on the dinner table in the near future.
Superfruits, exotic spices and unique takes on comfort food are just some of the top food trends for 2009. Whether you’re the chef of the household or looking for something new at the restaurant, take your pick of any of these adventurous tastes to liven up your weekly menu this year.