2018 Trends in Produce and Stuffed Shishito Peppers Recipe

2018 Trends in Produce
with Stuffed Shishito Peppers Recipe

Robert Schueller of Melissa’s Produce


Every year, new food trends arise. Melissa’s World Variety Produce Inc global buyers and experts recently announced the most anticipated produce trends for 2018. Dragon Fruit, Jackfruit, Pee Wee Potatoes, Clean Snax and Indian Eggplant are a few of the  things included on this year’s list.

Whether its different cultural foods, spices, convenience opportunities or unique recipe ingredients, local restaurants and supermarkets are constantly evolving their offerings to provide more of what their customers want.

And speaking of what customers want, food e-commerce is targeted to be a huge trend for 2018. The U.S. online grocery retail is expected to continue its speedy growth. Approximately 25% of U.S. adults now purchase food online, and experts expect that the Millennial generation will be a driving force for additional increase. Thanks to meal delivery subscription services and online markets, buying food is made simple with the convenience of mobile devices. Expect to see choices expand.

Specialty Fruits

Kiwano Horned Melon

Dragon Fruit
Moscato Grapes – all colors
Green Dragon Apples
Winter Crunch Grapes
Baby Heirloom Tomatoes
Pomegranate Arils
Passion Fruit
Young Coconuts

Specialty Vegetables

Enjoya Peppers

Organic Ginger
Pee Wee Potatoes
Shishito Peppers
Petite Baby Bok Choy/ Shaghai
Enjoya Peppers
Indian Eggplant
Watermelon Radish

New Items to Look For
* Look for the Melissa’s World Variety Produce logo for best results

Steamed line Vegetables: Parisienne Potatoes, Golden Beets & Organic Lentils
Green Hatch Chile Powder
Red Napa Cabbage
Fioretta Cauliflower
Spice Grinders (Rainbow Garlic & Herb, Lemon Pepper, Italian and Safari BBQ)
Clean Snax – newest flavors include carrot cake and matcha)
Italian Radicchio’s: La Rosa di Padova, Las Rosa di Veneto, Rosso Tardivo & Variegato
Shredded Horseradish
Fresh Gogi Berries
Hollandaise Sauce

New Trends Recipe

Stuffed Shishito Peppers
By Chef Tom Fraker


1 pound Shishito Peppers

½ pound Feta Cheese Italian Seasoning, to your taste


Roast the peppers over the stove-top burner or in the oven. In a bowl, combine the cheese and Italian seasoning. Pop the stem off of the peppers and stuff them with the cheese mixture. Serve and enjoy.

Photos, recipe and produce samples provided by Melissa’s World Variety Produce

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