Eat Real, Feel Amazing: Melissa’s Unveils 2024 Food Trends Report

Los Angeles, CA – Buckle up, foodies! Melissa’s, the leading purveyor of the freshest, most unique produce, unveils its 2024 Food Trend Report, a vibrant roadmap for culinary adventures ahead. This year, it’s all about swapping complicated meat alternatives with real, whole foods, embracing “Blue Zone” ingredients, and getting familiar with sweet-tart and spicy flavors from around the world.

Eat Real Food: Step aside, ultra-processed faux meats! Celery root is the new cauliflower steak, while maitake mushrooms replace chicken with meaty satisfaction. Jackfruit continues to wow as a pulled-pork substitute, while Hearts of Palm surprises as a replacement for crab.

Food as Medicine: We’re taking notes on the diets enjoyed by people living in “Blue Zones,” or areas with considerable longevity compared to the rest of the population, and we’ve learned that plant-powered ingredients like Okinawa sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pressed tofu and chayote squash may be key to their health and wellness.

“It” Ingredients: Chefs and industry experts predict that tangy tamarind, vibrant jamaica (hibiscus), sunny goldenberries, warm turmeric and smoky-spicy Guajillo peppers will pop up on menus and social media feeds in 2024. Also, on the plate and palate? Hemp leaves!

Get ready to savor a year of exciting flavors, healthy choices, and culinary adventures!

View our full Food Trends Report and discover a world of fresh possibilities:

About Melissa’s Produce

Melissa’s Produce is the leading U.S. variety distributor of specialty and organic fresh produce, as well as related products processed from fresh produce. The company imports exotic fruits and vegetables from around the world. Media contact: Robert Schueller, 800.588.0151,