Plant-Based Foods, Functional Mushrooms Trend Strong at Fancy Food Show
Mushrooms, which the Trendspotters originally placed on the 2018 emerging trend list, are taking off as a functional ingredient. Long used in Eastern medicine, different varieties of mushrooms purporting varied benefits are showing up in beverages and, as a tie in with the plant-based trend, an alternative snack item.
- Four Sigmatic Mushroom Elixers are four varieties of mushrooms in powdered-drink–packets that dissolve in hot water. Mushrooms include reishi, to reduce stress and promote sleep; chaga for antioxidants; cordyceps for energy and performance; and lion’s mane for brain and nervous system health.
- Pan’s Mushroom Jerky is made of shiitake mushrooms and has a meaty texture.
- Yuguo Farms Mushroom Chips are made from whole, sustainably grown shiitake mushrooms.
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