Sunday, January 2, 2011

Top flavors & trends for 2011 by food experts

Marinated Shrimp with Mango and Radishes
It’s an exciting time for flavor.

For more than a decade, McCormick, American food company specializing in spices, has identified emerging flavors through its annual Flavor Forecast report, prepared by researchers, trend experts, chefs, test kitchens, food technologists, and sensory analysts.

According to the McCormick Flavor Forecast 2011, spice consumption in US is at an all-time high. Report states that, "Today’s pantry can consist of about 40 different seasonings, compared to less than 10 in the 1950s". 

McCormick's Flavor Forecast website has ideas and recipes to try these new flavor combinations.

Top 10 Flavor Pairings
  • Fennel & Peri-Peri Sauce
  • Pickling Spice & Rice Vinegar
  • Roasted Curry Powder & Wild Mushrooms
  • Caramelized Honey & Adzuki Red Beans
  • Ancho Chile Pepper & Hibiscus
  • Thyme & Stone Fruits
  • Mustard Seed & Vermouth
  • Cilantro & Nut Butters
  • Herbes de Provence & Popcorn
  • Green Peppercorn & Goat’s Milk
I got curious about Herbes de Provence & Popcorn, Caramelized Honey & Adzuki Red Beans and Green Peppercorn & Goat’s Milk pairings. Which pairing do you like to taste?

McCormick Flavor Forecast also includes a Trend Watch for the year. McCormick chef Larry Tong explains one of the leading trends shaping this year’s report, craveable contrasts as “Mixing and matching different tastes, textures and visual cues adds fun and energy to the basic pleasures of eating.”

5 Currents of Change
  • Spirit of Discovery – A hunger for international culinary adventure propels exploration of new ingredients and techniques
  • Flavor with Benefits – Eating for wellness is more delicious than ever
  • Invigorating and Uplifting – Exciting pops of flavor bring new energy to dining 
  • Soul Satisfaction – Comforting favorites soothe the mind, heart and taste buds
  • Craveable Contrasts – The interplay of tastes, textures and visual cues adds fun and excitement to the basic pleasures of eating

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