Five flavor trends to watch in 2017

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McCormick Flavor Forecast 2017: Baharat
Baharat, an Eastern Mediterranean blend of spices, may liven up chicken dishes.

HUNT VALLEY, MD. — Meet Baharat, a staple of Eastern Mediterranean cooking and one of the top emerging flavors in the year ahead, according to a new report from McCormick & Co.

Kevan Vetter, McCormick
Kevan Vetter, McCormick executive chef

“It's a fragrant, Eastern Mediterranean blend of spices such as cumin, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg and more,” said Kevan Vetter, McCormick executive chef. “Sprinkle over warm, seasonal soups, stir into tomato-based sauces, or add to your favorite chicken dish.”

In its latest Flavor Forecast, McCormick & Co. unveiled hot trends and ingredients based on insights from a global team of chefs, culinary professionals, trend trackers and food technologists. McCormick has released the annual list since 2000.

“This year, the Flavor Forecast identifies cutting-edge flavors that help chefs, tastemakers and home cooks refresh their menus,” Mr. Vetter said.

Read on for five trends featured in McCormick’s 2017 Flavor Forecast.

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