Spices add wonderful flavors, aromatics, and color while also offering potential health benefits. Consumers are embracing foods and spices from various multicultural backgrounds and want to experience flavors from around the world. According to the National Restaurant Association, the top five ethnic flavor trends right now are African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, and Mediterranean. South African peri-peri sauce, anyone? Chefs are also combining cross-cultural ethnic flavors into unique fusions such as Japanese Italian dishes.
Turmeric, a spice commonly used in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, is now one of the top searched words according to Google's Food Trends report. Turmeric has potential antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects. If you haven't jumped onto this trend yet, add turmeric to soups, stews, egg dishes like shakshuka, sautéed veggies like cauliflowers, and kebabs.