Meet the new Fancy Foods

Flavoured ghee and jun kombucha, a fermented tea traditionally made using green tea and honey, at the Fancy Foods Show.
Flavoured ghee and jun kombucha, a fermented tea traditionally made using green tea and honey, at the Fancy Foods Show.PHOTOS: WASHINGTON POST

NEW YORK • Canned fish salad, anyone? Every year, thousands of food brands head to New York to fish for customers at a trade event called the Fancy Foods Show.

If you hunger for food trends, this is a dream event. Here are the flavours and products that are going to net interest over the next year.

Ayurvedic foods: Ayurveda is the Indian practice of holistic medicine in which certain foods and herbs are eaten together to balance a person's health and to benefit digestion, immunity and more.

Speciality brands are now expressly labelling their products with the term. A company named Dancing Elephant is producing packaged cups of kitchari, an Indian stew that boasts healing spices, in three flavours.

Davidson's Organics has introduced a line of Ayurvedic teas, each with a specific function: weight loss, sleep, digestion, decongestion and general detoxification.

Canned fish salad: The term is not a very sexy phrase, but this is not your water-packed StarKist.

Flavoured ghee and jun kombucha, a fermented tea traditionally made using green tea and honey, at the Fancy Foods Show.
Flavoured ghee and jun kombucha, a fermented tea traditionally made using green tea and honey, at the Fancy Foods Show. PHOTOS: WASHINGTON POST

It is a high-quality fish with vegetables, herbs and spices, and if you pair a tin of it with a crusty roll, you will have a perfectly good meal.

Sardines have been getting trendier and the brand Season is on the bandwagon, offering a sardine salad kit in three flavours. The kits come with a spoon and crackers.

Freshe has four flavours of tinned tuna salad, all packed full of veggies in an attractively designed can.

Its fish salads are made in Portugal, where some of the best tinned seafood in the world originates.

Spicy drinking vinegars: Drinking a small quantity of straight-up apple cider vinegar daily became trendy in the past three years because foodie health blogs such as Goop promoted it as a detoxifying weightloss cure-all.

The science on that is pretty murky, but plenty of brands have jumped into the market.

Plain apple cider vinegar is, for most people, unpleasant to drink, so many versions of the drink sweeten it with maple syrup or juice. BluePrint Organic makes a blueberry hibiscus version, while Crafted has turned it into a sparkling fruit soda.

Flavoured ghees: Ghee, or clarified butter, is a staple of Indian cooking, but it has been having a moment of late - thanks, in part, to its purported health benefits, and also because the fat is promoted for adherents of the paleo and ketogenic diets.

Plain ghee is versatile, but at this year's show, special flavoured ghees were popping up. Farmtrue's come in the flavours garlic scape and vanilla maple chai, and the company also makes ghee-nut butters.

Quinoa situations: You cannot escape quinoa. Do not resist. Have it for breakfast with Melanie's Medleys, a line of ready-to-eat morning grain bowls, or try Prime Planet's instant quinoa cereal.

Moringa goes mainstream: Mankind's quest to discover new superfoods continues apace.

Next up - moringa, an ancient plant that has long been used in Asia and Africa for its reputed health benefits. According to Healthline, it is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and may reduce inflammation.

Kuli Kuli sells a powdered smoothie mix, energy shots and superfood bars, with a half-cup of greens in each.

Brad's Organic has it in its unadulterated flavour, as well as with lemon and ginger. If you would rather crunch your moringa like cheese puffs, Vegan Rob's makes snackable puffed bites.

Cauliflower gets convenient: Have you wanted to make something with cauliflower and thought: "Ugh, this vegetable is just far too much work?"

Good news - cooking it has never been easier, thanks to new convenience products that go beyond your basic cauliflower rice.

Caulipower has a cauliflower-based baking mix, in regular and paleo-friendly versions. Kitchen & Love sells cauliflower cups intended to be a quick convenience meal in three flavours. And there is cauliflower in chocolate ice cream - yes, ice cream - by Peekaboo. Do not worry, it tastes like chocolate ice cream. How sweet.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2018, with the headline 'Meet the new Fancy Foods'. Print Edition | Subscribe