Global Larder - Middle EasternWritten by Charlotte Gowers
An area with rich culinary traditions and distinctive flavours, the Middle East continues to be popular across food and drink. Savoury dishes such as falafel are still going strong and appearing with different flavours and accompaniments, but the new focus is on sweet. Encompassing a wide variety of countries and cultures, the food throughout the region is characterised by a handful of impactful ingredients. Pistachio is the start of many dishes adding flavour but also a beautiful green hue. Sesame seeds and tahini add a deep, nutty flavour to dishes and also appear in traditional treats such as halva, while delicate, floral flavours like rose and orange are matched with gentle spice from cardamom.
Relevance for TUCO members
· Explore opportunities for Middle Eastern cuisine in desserts and sweet bakery, focussing on sweet hummus, pistachio and rose.
· Consider falafel as a vegan option and explore toppings and additions to continue reinventing the dish.
For more information on the Middle Eastern trend within Global Larder read the TUCO research Global Food and Beverage Trends Report 2017 pages 227 - 229.