Are the next big food trends vegan charcuterie and seaweed jerky?
Are you ready to become a 'seagan'?
Food trends are constantly changing and over the past few years, we've been shifting our focus to organic foods and meat alternatives. I found an interesting report revealing the new must-haves for foodies in 2021 and in the coming months. As it turns out, 'vegan charcuterie' and 'seaweed jerky' are the next big thing.
According to James Strawbridge, Cornish Sea Salt's development chef*, vegetable charcuterie and seaweed jerky - Carrot Salami and Kelp Biltong for example - are going to become increasingly popular both as dried snacks and even as pizza toppings.
"2019 was all about Seacuterie, there was an explosion of salmon pastrami, monkfish Copa and octopus chorizo," Chef Strawbridge said. "This year we will see our favourite cured meats and fish replaced with vegetable alternatives.”
Having spent a considerable amount of time in our homes and our kitchens in 2020, it turns out we've become more adventurous and have prioritized zero waste cookery options, while also gradually ditching meat. Veganism is on the rise, and so is 'seaganism', which is basically what happens when you couple a vegan diet with seafood and fish.
Chef Strawbridge added that we're likely to see "new products flooding the supermarkets that flip preconceptions about ready meals and grab and go food". He believes that things like organic rope-grown mussels will rise in popularity along with, you're gonna love this, edible flowers, fermented Seasonings and liquid sea minerals.
*Cornish Sea Salt is a brand of artisan sea salt. James Strawbridge joined the team in 2019 as Executive Development Chef and Salt Sommelier.