In our Best of 2008 poll, the majority of you picked pomegranate as your favorite trendy ingredient this year. However, Yum and I have to disagree. Due to its incredible popularity and extreme exposure (it's been seen everywhere from wrapped around hot dogs to dipped in chocolate) — bacon is our editor's pick for favorite trendy ingredient.
This year it was all about the pig — using the whole thing, from snout to tail. Exotic berries from goji to acai were all the rage. Ingredients with health benefits, such as antioxidant-rich fruits, continued to gain momentum. Which of these items do think is the Best of 2008?