You know us, we like a good trend. Quilted jackets? Sign us up! Orange chocolate? We’ll try them all! Instagram reels? Why the heck not! So we were pretty intrigued to see what Whole Foods have predicted we’ll be eating in 2022.
The retailer have just released their seventh annual food and drink trends report, and this is what they reckon will be gaining in popularity next year…
YUZU – A lesser-known citrus fruit that’s mainly grown in Japan, Korea and China. It’s tart and sour, comes in a similar size to a tangerine and is being used in everything from dressings and mayonnaise to noodles and fish.
HIBISCUS – This flowering plant has been cropping up in teas for years, but recently has become popular in other drinks, especially thanks to its dreamy pink hue. It’s sweet and tart and has a high vitamin C content.
ALCOHOL-FREE DRINKS – Alcohol-free drinks saw a record year for growth in Whole Foods stores this year and they reckon that’s set to continue into next year as millennials and Gen Zers continue dabbling with a lifestyle that includes less alcohol content.
ULTRAURBAN FARMING – If like us you’re like – HUH? Then let Whole Foods explain…”in 2020 we installed two vertical farming units allowing shoppers to buy fresh produce grown directly in store. Since then, innovation in indoor farming has ballooned, from hydroponics and aquaponics to mushrooms grown above our grocery aisles — and even fresh produce grown by robots. Producers are finding new, boundary-pushing ways to grow hyper-local crops and maximise efficiency”. Mind blown.
GOOD GRAINS – All grains are good, but right now there’s more of an emphasis on grains that give back to the environment and help address soil health. Teff is a tiny seed with a nutty flavour that could increase in popularity and be a great topping for things like porridge and granola.
SUNFLOWER SEEDS – Most of us are no stranger to these little striped fellas but they’re slowly finding themselves being added to more and more food products such as crackers, ice cream and cream cheeses.
REDUCETARIANISM – Also known as someone who isn’t entirely ready to commit to becoming a vegan or vegetarian completely but wants to cut down their consumption of things like meat, fish or dairy products. There will be more of us dipping our toe into making these changes where we can.
MORINGA – Moringa is a type of tree that is traditionally used as a herbal remedy in places like India and Africa. It’s growing in popularity when used in a similar way to matcha, and is full of nutrients which can be added to smoothies and protein bars.
TURMERIC – This bright gold-coloured spice is often used when cooking curries and has become popular as an addition to lattes in recent years. Now it’s becoming more popular in paste form when used in cooking sauces.
FIZZY HEALTH DRINKS – That’s sweet drinks full of fizz that taste good but also claim to offer things like added prebiotics, botanicals and more.