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Published April 6th 2013
There are five 'new' food trends, or fads, that are apparently taking the Australian food industry by storm. The popularity of these foods has risen over a short amount of time, rapidly becoming some of the most sought-after food items to try.
1. Faux Meat. You can now get chicken, sausage, steak, schnitzel and seafood - faux style. Faux (meaning false or fake) style meat is meant to be cheaper and healthier than the real deal.
Faux meat has been around for years but has not been that popular until now. Some faux meat products are made using seitan, rice, mushrooms, legumes, tempeh, or tofu with flavouring added. It is generally eaten by vegans and vegetarians but is also eaten by non-vegetarians who want to eat healthier.
Producers of the faux meat products say that it tastes and looks just like real meat and that the market is set to skyrocket.
In Australia you can buy faux meat products in many Asian supermarkets. Woolworths Supermarkets now stock over forty faux meat options including sausages, patties, chicken strips and hotdogs.
4. Flexitarians. A flexitarian diet is the latest trend to gain popularity. Flexitarians alternate between being vegetarian and eating meat.
Flexitarians or semi-vegetarians, still eat a mainly vegetarian diet but occasionally eat meat and many will only eat free-range or organic products
Fans of the flexitarian diet say that you get all the health benefits of a vegetarian diet without all the strict rules.
5. Weeds. Eating weeds is popular in Scandinavian countries and is slowly catching on in the rest of the world.
Not just any old weeds can be used. Some care needs to be taken as many weeds are toxic or can cause health issues.
Small, flavoursome weeds are used in cooking, they can also be used in salads, stir-fry's or to garnish. Weeds such as wild herbs, pine-tree shoots, woodruff, chickweed, stonecrop, nettles, purslane, ice lettuce and sea asparagus are used in restaurants in Australia.
If you fancy giving this one a try, there are a few cookbooks containing weed-based recipes available.
These are just a couple of the latest food fads. Obviously they are not for everyone but if you are feeling a bit adventurous you might want to give them a try.