Pumpkin continues to be a “hot” flavor according to (Gelski, Jeff (2019, October 19) Could any fall flavors become the next pumpkin spice? www.foodbusinessnews.net). Growth continues to go up and from 2016 to 2018 the flavor saw a 16% increase. The cooler weather in the fall continues to encourage consumers to warm spice flavors like Turmeric, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Black Pepper and incorporated into “comfort foods”.
Citrus applications have been trending now for several years. Consumers appreciate the fresh crisp flavors that many varieties of citrus can bring. Pomelo has been popular for several years now, and now we are seeing more exotic varieties becoming popular in different applications.
This month in the R and D department we are developing new blends based on Europe. The age old question of are tomatoes a fruit or vegetable? Technically, they are both. Botanically, tomatoes are a fruit with seeds that flower.
One of the PNW star fruits; the cherry, is starting to close its season for another year. Washington State is one of the top growers for cherries in the U.S. along with Oregon, California and Michigan. This year Washington State produced an estimated 250,000 tons of cherries according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Summer is in full swing at Northwest Naturals that has us longing for tall, chilled cocktails and light fruit based desserts. At the end of last month we developed several new blends based on the region of the world; Oceania.