Each year, Pinterest forecasts 100 emerging trends for the year ahead based on an abundance of search data. We dug into the report to identify the biggest food and drink topics predicted to pique our culinary curiosity in 2020. From global cuisine like Filipino desserts and Macedonian meals to home-brewing techniques and cucumber juice (yes, really) – these trends are here expand our cooking repertoire and make our stomachs grown. Visit our Pinterest page for more inspiration.
Mushroom coffee had its moment this year, but in 2020, we’re foraging elsewhere. The new steaming hot drink of choice? Chicory root as a caffeine substitute. The ground plant is said to boast anti-inflammatory properties and help improve digestion.
Breakfast From Kerala
Morning meals are no longer a toast-and-sprint-to-work afterthought. In fact, people are bringing more international flavours to the breakfast table. Specifically, cuisine ideas from Kerala, India like appam pancakes (made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk) served with a side of chutney or curry, as pictured above.
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Arabic treats, like date balls, rose water pudding and baklava, are set to become all the more sought-after across kitchens and restaurant menus. These sweet Middle Eastern flavours are gaining even more traction in Canada compared to the rest of the world.
The concept of low-waste living is not new for 2020, but we can all cheer to the fact that the lifestyle habit is still on the up and up. People are eager to learn about more ways to cut back on food waste, like these tasty uses for leftover food scraps.
Greener Product Swaps
When it comes to conscious consumption, eco-friendly product swaps are also at the top of consumers’ minds, from trading in plastic for glass (straws included!) to reaching for fabric napkins instead of paper ones.
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West African Cuisine
We’ve already forecasted that West African cuisine will gain momentum in 2020, but Pinterest provides even more colour to the trend, specifying that spicy stews, soups and porridge are seeing a 311% increase in search traffic.
Galaxy-Inspired Birthday Desserts
For out-of-this-world baking ideas, look to the faraway galaxies for inspiration. Searches for “galaxy themed birthdays” are up nearly 350% on the platform. We recommend trying your hand at this Blueberry Galaxy Cake to get the party started. Your guests will be over the moon.
Homemade Baby Food
Instead of buying jars of ready-made baby food from the grocery store, many new parents are blending up their own nutritious concoctions for their little ones, with searches up nearly 400%.
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Just when you thought celery juice would conclude the green juice craze, in came cucumber, all set and ready to take on the New Year with its noble, good-for-you properties. You can also combine the trendy greens together and make this Celery, Cucumber and Kale Juice.
Cake for Pets
Not news: we often spoil our pets more than we pamper ourselves (because we love them so!). And, according to Pinterest, this level of affection has reached an all-time high, with an uptick in searches for pet resorts and pet fashion, along with dog- and cat-safe cake (or “pupcake”) recipes. Tail-wagging flavour favourites include peanut butter and meatloaf.
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