10 Food Trends That Everyone Will Be Buzzing About in 2022, According to Whole Foods
Any idea what you’ll be eating for breakfast next February? Or how you’ll be quenching your thirst next July? Didn’t think so. Heck, we’re not even sure what we’re having for dinner tonight. Well, the experts of Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council have a pretty good idea what you (and the rest of the world) will be munching on come 2022. Here’s the chain’s seventh annual Top 10 Food Trends list—along with our favorite ways to taste the trends yourself. (P.S.: For the first time ever, Whole Foods is offering a limited-time Trends Discovery Box, featuring $50+ worth of products that represent each trend on the list, for $30...in case you don't want to wait for 2022 to dig in.)
1. Ultraurban Farming
Much of your produce may be coming from a bustling city. Metropolitan farmers use hydroponics, aquaponics and even robots to grow hyper-local crops where they've never been grown before.
Taste the trend: Gotham Greens Gourmet Medley Lettuce
2. You Do Yuzu
This citrus fruit from the Far East is finally getting its moment in the limelight. Yuzu is a tart, tangerine-sized fruit that can add a splash of brightness to everything from vinaigrettes to mayonnaise.
Taste the trend: Acid League Pink Peppercorn Honey Yuzu Vinaigrette
3. Hibiscus Is Happening
This vibrant flower can do so much more than liven up tea and lemonade. You'll be seeing it in yogurts, spreads, beverages and beyond next year.
Taste the trend: Vital Proteins Tropical Hibiscus Beauty Collagen
4. Buzz-Less Spirits
Summer 2021 was the virgin cocktail's heyday, but it appears that non-alcoholic sippers are still going strong. These aren't your average Shirley Temples either: We're talking sophisticated, refined drinks with all the flavor and none of the buzz.
Taste the trend: Ritual Zero-Proof Tequila Alternative
6. Seize the Sunflower Seed
They aren't just for noshing at a ball game anymore. You'll find sunflower seeds in crackers, nut butters and ice creams, just to name a few.
Taste the trend: Fix & Fogg Oaty Nut Butter
7. Turmeric Takes Off
We've been talking up the benefits of turmeric for years now. This superfood spice is making its way into teas, cereals and condiments as of late.
Taste the trend: 365 by Whole Foods Market Golden Chai Granola
8. Functional Fizz
Regular old soda is so last year. Now, you can get your bubble fix with a bonus dose of prebiotics and botanicals.
Taste the trend: Poppi Strawberry lemon Prebiotic Soda
Not only are we aiming to reduce our collective animal product consumption, but there's also a movement to make more thoughtful choices about the animal proteins we do eat. Grass-fed, pasture-raised meat is always a better option.
Taste the trend: EPIC Provisions 100% Grass-Fed Bison, Bacon and Cranberry Bar
10. Moringa's Moment
Like matcha? Meet its nutritious cousin, moringa. Often found in powder form, moringa is making its way into protein bars, wellness tonics and even frozen desserts.
Taste the trend: Kuli Kuli Daily Green Boost with Moringa & Supergreens