Everything Old is New Again
In forecasting fragrance market trends, one must often look back before looking forward. This is especially true when observing the peripheral lifestyle trends which heavily influence, inspire and impact future fragrance creations.
Consider the ongoing wellness and health food movement which looks to previous and oftentimes ancient civilizations for the next super food or other powerhouse ingredient.
Recently, freekeh, an ancient staple in the Middle Eastern diet, has become ingrained in the consciousness and conversation of health-minded consumers.
Freekeh of Nature
Freekeh, also known as farik or frik, is an integral part of the “ancient grain” food and health trend, joining amaranth and quinoa as a tasty alternative.
In Arabic, the word freekeh means, “to rub. ” Approximately 2,000 years ago, the grain was created accidently when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their young wheat crop was set on fire. The villagers rubbed off the burnt outer layers and cooked up the grain, and freekeh was born.
The ancient creation began garnering media attention after it was featured in both a 2010 Oprah segment and spotlighted on the Dr. Oz Show where it was touted as the new “super food.”
The Middle Eastern super grain is a virtual powerhouse surpassing both brown rice and quinoa in nutritional value and fiber content. This is primarily due to how it is harvested. Unlike other grains, the kernels are harvested while still young, and therefore they contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals.
The grain is especially rich in antioxidants, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin which promote eye health. Freekeh also acts as a prebiotic providing sustenance for good bacteria, the key for maintaining a healthy and efficient digestive system.
What freekeh does not contain are chemicals, preservatives or genetically modified components, further solidifying its super star status.
That Freekeh Feeling
Freekeh’s nutritional punch has made it a vital part of the wellness movement and garnered it sought after shelf space in mainstream grocery stores. In light of the symbiotic relationship which exists between flavor and fragrance, it’s inevitable that this culinary star will become the “hot” new ingredient in the fragrance industry.
The conversation has already begun amongst fragrance creators who are embracing its gourmand character distinguished by its roasted, nutty quality with a hint of caramel and a subtle, smoky, earthy aroma.