To define the future of food, sometimes we need to look to the past. Current trends towards farm-to-table and mindful eating are nothing new. In fact, these “trends” are the basic tenets of authentic, old world cuisines that have been served for centuries in the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
You've probably already enjoyed Middle Eastern cuisine at one point or another (like that hummus and falafel pita from the food truck you can't get enough of). But what's beyond these ubiquitous Middle Eastern foods? Now's the perfect time to learn more: Middle Eastern cuisine was named one of the top food trends for 2018 by Whole Foods. (BTW, the Middle Eastern diet could be the new Mediterranean diet.) Luckily, you probably already have a few commonly used ingredients or spices in your kitchen right now, and you can easily grab the others at a specialty supermarket or even at your local grocery. Follow the story to see a few of the delicious Middle Eastern food you should know about.
Middle Eastern flavors and ingredients are becoming more familiar — and more desirable — to consumers, Mintel said. Sixty-six per cent of U.S. consumers are interested in Middle Eastern foods at restaurants, and growth of Middle Eastern cuisine on U.S. restaurant menus grew 32% between 2015 and 2017.
AMERICANS ARE WAKING UP TO THE DEEP NUANCES OF THIS AROMATIC, WHOLESOME, VEGETABLE-HEAVY FOOD, WHOSE ORIGINS LIE WITH THE START OF CIVILIZATION. A group of countries spanning from North Africa to Asia, the Middle East is at the crossroads of rich cultures, fallen empires, and centuries of migration. It encompasses wide-ranging geographies, from vast, empty deserts to lush countrysides, long coastlines, and rocky mountains.
As more restaurants and chefs rally around these bright, simple, and wholesome cuisines, the crossovers with Israeli, Greek, and Middle Eastern influences shine through on modern menus. Here are a few ingredients trending at the moment.