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9 Popular Fall Food Trends For 2013

 

The world of food is changing very rapidly – but this is nothing new, and nothing negative by any means. Each season of each and every year, new food trends rise and fall like the winter wheat as various ethnic cuisines are fused by culinary geniuses. Some are here to stay, but many quickly die off into the night, never to enter into the mouths of trend-hungry consumers (think Blooming Onions) ever again. Who knows where food trends are heading this fall (I surely don’t know definitively), but here are 9 trends that are bound to appear somewhere during the autumn.

1. Variations/Insane Spin-Offs Of Summer '13 Trends

Summer 2013 brought us a lot of weird food trends, but two stand out more than any other: Cronuts and Ramen Noodles. The ever-growing craze over Cronuts has sent the general public into an unprecedented tailspin that has mindless folk waiting in line all over the east coast simply for a taste of the delectable product – a donut/croissant fusion. Even though the Cronut Burger lost a recent battle (200 people got food poisoning from eating them in Toronto), they haven’t lost the war. The Cronut has already made its way to Shake Shack, and it will make its way elsewhere sometime very soon.

Cronuts

Meanwhile, the growing craze over Ramen Noodles is about to take off – big time. This summer, the Ramen Burger was unveiled – and you can expect these notoriously cheap MSG-enhanced inexpensive college student meals to start appearing more and more in gourmet variations of American heart-attack foods like Ramen burgers, Ramen pizza crusts, and other weird Ramen things.

2. Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

The end of the world as we know it has truly arrived if apples are not one of the top fall food trends during any given year. After all, apples are typically harvested during the fall, and they’re the primary component of an American pastime and tradition – Apple Pie. Expect apples to start popping up in delectable salads, look forward to seeing Apple Stuffing during Thanksgiving, and – wait for it, you know it’s coming – keep your eyes open for burgers with some type of special apple topping. As for vegetables, this is about the time of year where root vegetables (such as carrots, beets and turnips) are available fresh for veggie heads.

3. Pies

Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Blueberry Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie, Banana Crème Pie, Cherry Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Pie… Pies that are made up of a fusion of any of the two above flavors… How about some Meat & Potato Pies?

4. Collard Greens & Kale

Wait a minute… You notice a bit of a contrast between collard greens and kale, eh? Not so fast: if cooked properly (basically, without pork), collard greens are nearly as healthy as kale is. Oftentimes they can be tastier than kale is, too. Try a recipe for collard greens that contains onions, garlic and tomatoes instead of pork if you want it to be as healthy as possible.

5. Squash

Obviously.

6. Pumpkin-Spiced Everything!PSL, Pumpkin-Spiced Latté, Ice Cream, Starbucks

Starbucks, for better or worse, has made the acronym “PSL” one that I use on a daily basis during the fall season. Pumpkin-spiced everything is catching on in the restaurant industry, too. No longer are pumpkins simply decorative ornaments symbolizing the arrival of Halloween/Thanksgiving/the fall, fillings for pies, or the provider of Pumpkin Seeds – they are a major food trend in this country.

Think: Pumpkin-Spiced Coffee, Pumpkin-Spiced Donuts, Pumpkin-Spiced Cake, Pumpkin-Spiced Tea, Pumpkin-Spiced Tacos, Pumpkin-Spiced Cupcakes, Pumpkin-Spiced Almonds, Pumpkin-Spiced Snickerdoodles, Pumpkin-Spiced Booze, Pumpkin-Spiced (FILL IN THE BLANK)…

7. Comfort Fusion

The Cronut does fall under the category of “Comfort Fusion,” but expect much more wild concoctions. Instead of French cuisine crossed with American cuisine (where the Cronut falls), think elements of random cuisines – Asian, Indian, Italian – fused with one of the more popular, more American ways to cook food: frying it.

8. Caramel

Autumn always brings us (especially New Englanders) bittersweet memories of eating Candy Apples at our hometown local fall fair, but in the present caramel is, for better or worse, becoming a daily part of our lives (thanks again to Starbucks with their infamous Caramel Macchiato). If you’re trying hard now to imagine places where you’ll see a lot of caramel, think Caramel Waffles, Caramel Cakes, and Salted Caramel Pie. Maybe in a few years we’ll see Caramel-Coated Bugs?

Caramel

9. Raw Pork

If this is your first time hearing about the concept of eating raw pork, well, perhaps find yourself a bucket to aid you in case you puke – but this is certainly a real thing. Many chefs across the country are raving over the idea of eating pork, significantly sweeter than other meats that are eaten raw, without cooking it.

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