2016 Global & Ethnic Flavor Trends

What do the top 2016 culinary trend prediction lists and newly released products in the food industry have in common? Flavor, flavor, and more FLAVOR!

In a market full of new recipes, food products, and restaurants, one group of flavor profiles has continued to stray from the typical and stand out amongst the rest—ethnic flavors. Offering a new and exciting world of exotic flavors, as well a chance to partake in a culinary adventure from areas across the globe, ethnic flavors provide the unique sensory experience for which foodies yearn.spice tea world map 2016

Whether ethnic flavors are desired for their uniqueness, their reputation, or their bold flavor, one thing’s for certain; for the versatility they provide to the food industry, ethnic flavors will continue to place on almost every culinary trend list until the end of time.

Here at The Spice & Tea Exchange® we are in the midst of two consecutive months of exploring the exciting world of ethnic flavors and have noticed some emerging trends of our own. If you are looking to try new flavors, impress guests, or explore exciting culinary dishes from another region, we’d love for you to join us in our journey through the top ethnic flavor trends at The Spice & Tea Exchange®!
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Trend: Everything Matcha

Matcha is a powdered green tea originating from Japan and can be used to create a matcha drink or to create a variety of culinary dishes. Continuing to sweep the nation by storm, matcha appeals to the masses for its renowned health benefits, its quick and easy use, and its distinct flavor and culinary applications.

How to Try:
• As the classic matcha beverage served during a Japanese tea ceremony. Learn how to make matcha in its traditional form and obtain the essentials here!
• As the trending quick & easy beverage known for its use in the fitness and health world. Just add 1 tsp of ceremonial grade matcha to a 16 oz bottle of water, shake, and drink!
• In green tea cheesecake bites, a green matcha milkshake, or any other dish you desire.

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Trend: African Flavors

According to the National Restaurant Association’s Annual Hot Culinary Forecast, “African Flavors” was the trend that saw the largest increase from 2015-2016 (by over 20%). We’ve seen those same trends emerge here and the appeal of the spicy flavors, roasted chile peppers, and unique spices in African cuisine is undeniable!

How to Try:
• As harissa paste. This delicious mix of chile peppers and spices is rapidly gaining popularity and has been labeled by many culinary professionals as “the next sriracha!” For a quick fix, mix our NEW Harissa Seasoning with olive oil and brush on any meat or add to any dish you desire. Or click here for a delicious harissa roasted chicken recipe.
• In a dish containing the popular Ethiopian spice blend, Berbere (great for stews, meats, legumes, and vegetables).

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Table served with middle eastern vegetarian dishes. Hummus, tahi

Trend: Middle Eastern Cuisine

Middle Eastern cuisine is known for being wholesome, rich, and aromatic. You many recognize many classic dishes from the region such as hummus, falafel, tabouleh, and fattoush.

How to Try:
• Add Zahtar Spice Blend to hummus, tabouli, and flat breads. Try other unique and flavorful applications such as this Zahtar Chickpea Salad with Jalapeno Zahtar Dressing.
• Sample and learn how to use the many rich spices and spice blends common to Middle Eastern cuisine: Moroccan Spice Blend, Ras el Hanout Spice Blend, Sumac, Baharat Spice Blend, etc.

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Trend: Japanese and Southeast Asian Flavors

The combination of the savory & tangy flavors of both Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisines, provides a culinary journey unlike any other. The beauty of many of the spices commonly used in these regions is that they don’t overpower a dish, but rather accent or bring out the natural flavors of the cuisine.

How to Try:
• Allow Japanese flavors to bring out the savory notes in your cuisine. Experiment with Togarashi Pepper Spice Blend and our NEW Ultimate Umami Seasoning.
• Add tangy flavors with some essentials from Thailand: Thai Red Curry Spice Blend, Coconut Thai Spice Blend, and Lemongrass. Create delicious recipes such as a Pumpkin Shrimp Curry. Continue to enjoy the sriracha craze with this Sriracha Sea Salt.
• Try a popular spice blend such as Ginger Teriyaki Spice Blend in our Tangy Asian Ribs & Slaw! Or make a classic dish such as Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken.

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