Attention food flavorists: McCormick's Flavor Forecast goes public for 2009

Americana meets Asian with McCormick's Spices' top flavor pick of the New Year — toasted sesame and root beer. For the comfort seekers, familiar flavors like rosemary, dill and mint are freshened up with ethnic new palate pleasers like Chinese five spice, garam masala and quinoa. Kevan Vetter, executive chef at McCormick, said: "Whether it's a mix of culturally diverse tastes — like smoked paprika and agave nectar — or a discovery of pure ingredients — like mint and quinoa — this year, we see excitement in the blending of the new and the familiar."

  1. Toasted Sesame and Root Beer: An iconic soda is rediscovered for its versatility as a cooking ingredient, paired with the bold nuttiness of toasted sesame seed.
  2. Cayenne and Tart Cherry: The flavors of two superfoods — the heat of cayenne and sweet-sour tang of tart cherry — pack a multi-layered punch.
  3. Tarragon and Beetroot: This hip pair creates a sensory feast that is anything other than predictable or restrained.
  4. Peppercorn M?lange and Sake: Japan's notable rice wine finds a new partner in the quintessentially French unison of multicolored peppercorns.
  5. Chinese Five Spice and Artisan-cured Pork: Hand crafted artistry merges with a harmonious Asian blend to create an innovative taste sensation.
  6. Dill and Avocado Oil: Mild avocado oil finds an elegant partner in clean, minty dill — reflecting the healthy goodness that comes from pure, natural ingredients.
  7. Rosemary and Fruit Preserves: Fresh-picked fruit flavors fuse with aromatic rosemary for a progressive interpretation of sweet and savory.
  8. Garam Masala and Pepitas: A beautifully matched global combination of an intoxicating spice blend from India and a prized seed popular in Latin America.
  9. Mint and Quinoa: Nutritious, whole-grain quinoa is taken to new heights when paired with the exhilarating, cool taste of mint.
  10. Smoked Paprika and Agave Nectar: Smoky sweetness from the purity of nature celebrates a union of Spanish and Mexican ingredients.
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