By Saltshaker Trendspotters
Besides getting together with old friends and enjoying great food and wine, the Produce Marketing Association Expo (PMA) is the perfect place to find out what’s going on in the world of produce, particularly innovation. As food trends are make their way into consumer kitchens and foodservice chains’ menus, produce companies are creating shortcut techniques or inventing new products.
This year, we found a few products that take these trends to a new level.
Combing the best elements of iceberg and romaine, RomaCrunch™ is perfect for the ever-so-popular lettuce wraps. It has the flavor and crispness of romaine but the sturdy structure of iceberg so it can handle your favorite chicken salad or carne asada with all the fixin’s.
Green Giant™ Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles™
If you’re a fan of cauliflower rice but can never get it just right in the food processor, Green Giant has created a product to make your life easier – Fresh Cauliflower Crumbles™. A byproduct from the conveyor belt, this is a great example of an innovation by accident.
The Field Roast Grain Meat Co.
Grain meat made with high protein wheat starch has a long history dating back to the 7th Century in China. Called Mien Ching (Buddha’s Food), Fu and Seitan, depending on the country of origin, these products were unknown outside of the U.S. before the 1970s. Integrating the familiar flavors of the Western world with these techniques from Asia, Field Roast was born. A first-timer at the show, the company offers a great-tasting line of vegan products.
2BFresh Hydroponic Micro Leaves
A beautiful product made from vegetable seedlings, 2BFresh micro leaves (micro greens) are made with state of the art technology from Teshuva Agricultural Products. The micro leaves are insect, sand and pesticide free with a long shelf life. Perfect for a delicate salad, adding brightness to main dishes or garnishing for a pop of vibrant color.
Citriburst Finger Limes
Resembling little beads of caviar or pearls, Citribust’s micro-citrus were hard to miss. A subtle flavor of grapefruit with hints of lime and lemon, these pearls would be perfect in a cocktail, dessert or fruit salad. A product more reminiscent of micro-gastronomy than nature.