Why You Might Start Seeing More Moringa In 2022

The New York Times has their finger on the pulse of new food trends, and they predict some big changes for 2022. Major forecasts for the coming year include a greater emphasis on hibiscus-flavored foods, new ways to eat kelp, locally-grown mushrooms, and the emergence of an ingredient called moringa. That last point may take many foodies by surprise, as this ingredient doesn't pop up too often.

According to Today, moringa originally came from South Asia, and has spread to portions of Africa and South America. The ingredient itself is a green plant, and every bit of it gets used. Many cultures consume the leaves or boil them into a tea, while others pulverize the plant into a green powder that somewhat resembles matcha green tea. And it doesn't just look like matcha: Moringa also tastes a bit like the green tea powder, with additional notes of spirulina and a somewhat peppery smell, per Vogue

While the powder has been used by multiple cultures across the world in recipes and folk medicine, it has slowly caught on as an ingredient in the U.S. — and pretty soon, you might just see it in more restaurants.

Moringa in the restaurant business

Over the years, chefs have been steadily falling in love with moringa. According to Bloomberg, this powder began to explode in popularity in the latter half of the 2010s. Chefs like Neil Zevnik, personal chef to high-profile clients like Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron, found something to love about the taste and versatility of the powder, in addition to its sustainable production footprint. Zevnik also found ways to introduce moringa to soups and pestos. However, the culinary possibilities don't stop there.

Thrillist speculates that the powder should take over the U.S. food scene in 2022 thanks to its status as a superfood and how food promoters can tap into the powder as a health supplement. Its ability to mix into smoothies and other health-conscious meals gives it an edge when it comes to promoting new diet trends. Moreover, people have already been learning about the nutritional content of the powder for years. Back in 2016, some even called moringa the new kale, per Inverse

While you may have never heard of this powder before, you might start seeing more and more moringa on shelves and in restaurants. Before you know it, this South Asian ingredient might be helping you spice up your next pesto or soup.