This year has been quite interesting, bringing hope, healing, and smiles to so many people’s faces! That’s why we’re turning to the brighter, tastier side of things. With a new era comes a world of new culinary ideas and movements to keep our palates and plates full. Let’s take a look at 10 of the greatest and tastiest food trends of 2021 which are rising in popularity around the world!
1. YAY for Sustainability
Sustainable food and packaging have already been a focus for some time, but in 2021 this is likely to only keep growing in the culinary world. We have already seen the culinary world supporting sustainability by moving away from single-use plastics, such as plastic straws, cutlery, and food packaging. This is a movement that will continue to grow, as even the biggest restaurant chains are embracing the change to provide customers with more ecologically friendly packaging and cutlery. Some shops have also introduced unpackaged retail concepts which invite customers to bring their own containers to fill up with products such as grains and pasta. As this movement is being embraced by businesses big and small, the industry as a whole is working together to cut down its carbon footprint and reduce waste.
2. Cauliflower everywhere
This delicious, vitamin-packed vegetable is gaining popularity worldwide as a healthy, gluten-free alternative to traditional grains and starches. Cauliflower is being used in new and inventive ways, such as in pizza doughs, gnocchi, and as a low-carb rice substitute. More and more restaurants are opting to create dishes using cauliflower as a basis, and you will be likely to see it appearing more frequently on menus for some time to come!
3. Ube, the purple desert star from the Philippines
The world has been through the exotic superfood açaí and matcha trends already. But it is time to introduce a new contender for your Instagram brunch feed: Ube. Ube is a purple vitamin-packed yam originating from the Philippines. It has been used in traditional dishes there for years but is recently finding its way into Western cuisine, mostly in the form of desserts. You will be sure to see some new desserts utilizing this tuberous vegetable, such as ice creams, cakes, and other purple desserts in the months to come. Filipino food, in general, will likely be gaining popularity worldwide in the coming years!
4. Hummus but as a dessert
Hummus, hummus, hummus= yum, yum, yum. This delicious dipping “sauce” has been enjoyed by millions worldwide for the past few years, but this savory treat has recently been taking a sweeter twist. Dessert hummus is the next big thing; used as a vegan alternative to cream cheese. Flavors such as brownies, peanut butter, and cookie dough have been hitting the shelves of supermarkets. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to give this food trend a try IMMEDIATELY!
There we have it, the top 4 tastiest food trends of 2021. Which one are you the most excited to try out?
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