From yuzu to hibiscus, sunflower seeds to moringa, the organic grocer identifies the foods and flavours it believes will rule in 2022
Canadian Grocer staff
The crew at Whole Foods Market is looking to the year ahead and it's all about buzz-less spirits for the sober-curious, fizzy tonics with added prebiotics, grains that give back and boundary-pushing ways to grow hyper-local crops.
Now in its seventh year, the annual trends predictions is complied by more than 50 Whole Foods team members including local foragers, regional and global buyers and culinary experts.
And, for this first time, Whole Foods is offering what it calls the “Trends Discovery Box,” which includes an assortment of 10 products to represent each of the trends in the forecast. The boxes are only available online (wfmtrythetrends.com) while supplies last.
Here’s a look at the organic grocer’s forecast:
YUZU: Tart and sour, this tangerine-sized Asian citrus fruit is popping up in vinaigrettes, hard seltzers, mayos and more.
ULTRAURBAN FARMING: From hydroponics and aquaponics to produce grown by robots, producers are finding boundary-pushing ways to grow hyper-local crops and maximize efficiency.
REDUCETARIANISM: Reducing consumption of meat, dairy and eggs without cutting them out completely. Think premium grass-fed meat and pasture-raised eggs.
HIBISCUS: Moving beyond teas, producers are now harnessing the sweet, tart flavor of hibiscus for fruit spreads, yogurts and beyond.
BUZZ-LESS SPIRITS: Growing in popularity during the pandemic, it appears the sober-curious mindset is here to stay. Enter a new lineup of drinks that provide the taste and sophistication of cocktails without the buzz.
GRAINS THAT GIVE BACK: It’s all about grains grown via agriculture practices and farming processes that help address soil health. Kernza – a perennial grain developed by The Land Institute– helps with nutrient cycling and overall soil ecology and can be found in cereals and even beer.
SUNFLOWER SEED: Sunflower seeds are more than a ballpark snack. They’re sliding into crackers, ice creams and creamy cheeses.
MORINGA: Used as a herbal remedy in places such as India and Africa, Moringa can be found in powder form and added to smoothies, sauces and baked goods. It’s also showing up in frozen desserts, protein bars and packaged grain blends.
FUNCTIONAL FIZZ: Bubbly beverages are doing double duty—soda with probiotics and fizzy tonics with added prebiotics, botanicals and more.
TURMERIC: No stranger to lattes or supplements, turmeric is taking root as an ingredient in packaged foods such as cereals, sauerkrauts and plant-based ice cream sandwiches.