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What's next in cool produce?

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Trend-watcher hints at fruit, vegetables on horizon

Attendees are always poking around in the corners at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, looking for the newest-latest-hottest before it becomes the newest-latest-hottest.

Trend-watcher Suzy Badarocco, the president of Culinary Tides Inc. who presented the seminar "The Road Ahead for Food Trucks," offered a few hints at what she sees on the horizon in hot produce -- not just on the truck scene but for restaurants in general.

She suggested keeping an eye on:

  • cherimoya
  • baobab fruit
  • yuzu (a Japanese citrus)
  • gold kiwi
  • sunchokes
  • nopales (pads of the prickly pear cactus)
  • chayote squash

Contact Ron Ruggless at ronald.ruggless@penton.com
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