Food trends 2017: which culinary delights will entice us in the year ahead?A new year is upon us, and that also means the dietary habits of 2016 have been consigned to the history books to be replaced by a whole set of new ones
Last year saw protein-rich food enter the mainstream in the UK, having been a big trend in America for some time. Pulses, lean meats, yoghurts and smoothies were all the rage as fitness-fanatics and healthy eaters alike turned to these versatile biomolecules for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We’ve taken a look at the different foods that are expected to conquer the UK’s dishes in 2017.
Although the consumption of meat substitutes like tofu and seitan sausages has been declining, vegetarian diets remain ever popular in the UK. 2017 will see an increasingly diverse range of vegetables hit supermarket shelves and restaurants. Whole Foods, the world’s largest natural and organic foods supermarket, predicts that purple plants will surge in popularity this year - with staple foods such as cauliflower, potatoes, corn and even asparagus boasting violet-tinged alternatives.
Lesser-known tree species jackfruit has been hailed as a “miracle” crop that could save millions from starvation, and in 2017 it will also become more of a fixture on people’s plates. It is anticipated that it could replace meat in the future, making it ideal for veggie burgers.
Coconut water has been all the rage for a few years now, but 2017 will see this tropical fruit’s influence stretch far and beyond healthy beverages. There are now a whole range of products showcasing this ingredient, including coconut flour tortillas, coconut sugar aminos and coconut chips.
Peru was recently a big winner at the World Travel Awards, taking home the award for culinary trend country of the year. Its national dish is ceviche, which is a form of chopped, raw fish of different varieties marinated in lime juice and served with onions and other vegetables.
2017 will also see people tap into the spirit of Aloha by serving up the popular Hawaiian appetiser salad, poke. This raw tuna is marinated in soy sauce and served with avocado, ginger, seaweed and sesame.
Cognac is the new gin
Not strictly food, but as far as drinking trends for 2017 go, the alcoholic beverage to look out for this year is that old boys’ drink: Cognac. The modern drinker is changing, and they want to know more about the history and production methods behind what they drink. The rise and rise of craft beer is testament to that. Brandy, and more specifically slow-aged Cognac matured in oak casks, is set to be the latest type of drink to undergo a resurgence with hipsters across the land, knocking gin off its perch. Cheers!