Denver, CO-based Food & Drink Resources (FDR) group has named its top food and drink trends to watch for in 2017.
According to FDR, a test kitchen and consumer research facility, the following list of foods, ingredients, drinks and overall trends are what the food community will be buzzing about next year:
Pasta: The company noted that pasta has taken the spotlight on several large food-based consumer publications during 2016, which has set it up for continued growth going into the new year.
Khachapuri: This is a Georgian dish of bread, cheese and eggs that is similar to American pizza.
Seaweed: According to Food & Drink Resources, seaweed is poised to be the new kale. It also helps to create Kombu, a traditional Japanese flavor enhancer made from dried kelp to create dashi, a soup stock.
Harissa: A North African chili paste made with hot peppers, spices, and olive oil, it may outpace Turmeric as the spice of the year, according to FDR.
Asian Peasant Food: In 2016, peasant foods like pierogies and dumplings had gained some ground. However, the new angle for 2017 will be Asian-inspired peasant food.
Oko Nam Yaki: Also in the Asian family of foods, this is an Asian-style pancake.
Jackfruit: A large, shreddable fruit, this has become a substitute for meat in some dishes.
Souping: The next step in the juicing craze, according to FDR, is souping. Served cold and made mostly of pureed fruits and chunks of fruit, these soups make a nice dessert, the research company said.
Flavored butters: While chefs have been creating their own flavored butters for years, FDR predicts that more flavored butters will be popping up on store shelves.
Sparkling water: Fueled by top sparkling water brands, flavored sparkling water is poised to continue to grow in 2017. Additionally, SodaStream has seen a boon as consumers have turned to the electric to make sparkling water at home.