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44 Foods Beginning with B

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Some interesting foods start with ‘b’. 

From hearty main courses to mouth-watering desserts, this article contains 44 foods beginning with B. Let’s jump in!

Fruits Beginning with B

Bananas

This beloved fruit is native to Southeast Asia but is grown in a variety of warm climates and enjoyed around the world.

Bananas are a great source of naturally occurring sugars, and their carbohydrate content increases as they ripen and sweeten.

They are an especially good source of potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. This yellow fruit is also a key ingredient in a number of delicious desserts (see below).

Blackberries

Blackberries are an edible fruit that grow on small shrubs or trailing vines. They grow best in temperate climates, and Mexico is the largest producer of blackberries in the world.

This fruit, which is actually technically not classified as a berry, is dark-colored and tart and provides a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Blackberries are delicious in jam and can be baked into pies and crumbles. 

Blood Oranges 

The blood orange is a variety of warm climate citrus fruit with an orange peel and a bright crimson flesh, and they tend to be smaller and sweeter than other varieties of oranges.

Their red-tinted flesh is caused by the presence of a compound called anthocyanin, which occurs from the ripening of this fruit during warm days with cooler nights. 

Blueberries

Blueberries are a popular fruit native to North America, though they are cultivated across the Americas and Europe. They are an excellent source of vitamin K1, vitamin C, and manganese.

They are also rich in antioxidants and other cancer-fighting compounds. Blueberries can be enjoyed fresh, sprinkled over cereal, in jellies and jams, or in a variety of baked goods, like muffins, scones, and more. 

Vegetables Beginning with B

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are a low-carb vegetable which comes in red, yellow, orange, and green varieties.

Green bell peppers tend to be more bitter than the brighter, riper varieties. Bell peppers are classified as a nightshade and are native to Central and South America.

This low-calorie vegetable is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and dried bell peppers are used to make paprika. 

Beets

Also referred to as beetroot, beets are a root vegetable with an inner flesh that can range in color from purple to pink to yellow to white.

They serve a number of health benefits and are rich in fiber, folate, iron, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C.

Beets are most commonly boiled or roasted and are an important ingredient in many Eastern European cuisines. 

Bok Choy

This Chinese cabbage is a staple in many Asian cuisines. Most varieties have dark, leafy greens and crunchy white/light green stalks.

This brassica vegetable is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K. Bok choy pairs especially well with sesame, soy, ginger, and garlic, making it an excellent addition to a variety of Chinese and other Asian-inspired recipes. 

Broccoli

This member of the cabbage family is one of the most popular vegetables around thanks to its versatility and health benefits. Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that provides significant amounts of vitamins C and K.

Some cooking methods significantly lower the vegetable’s vitamin C content, but broccoli can be prepared in a wide variety of ways, including steaming, boiling, roasting, stir-frying, and sauteing. Broccoli is also commonly consumed raw, as it can be shaved into salads or served on a crudité platter. 

Brussel Sprouts

Closely related to kale, cauliflower, and mustard greens, Brussel sprouts are an incredibly healthy vegetable reminiscent of mini cabbages.

They are low in calories and incredibly high in vitamins C and K. They also have an impressive antioxidant content, which has been shown to promote general health and protect against certain types of cancers.

Finally, they are high in fiber, which can help to regulate digestive health and increase the amount of good bacteria in the gut.  

General Foods Beginning with B

Bacon

Bacon is a cut of pork that comes from the pork belly or back. It is a salt-cured and often smoked meat that is relatively high in fat.

Bacon is an incredibly popular food that is often served with breakfast (eggs, pancakes, etc.) in the United States.

However, bacon dates back thousands of years, as the Chinese began curing pork bellies with salt around 1500 B.C. 

Beans

Beans are a leguminous plant encompassing a large number of varieties, some of the most popular being black beans, navy beans, kidney beans, fava beans, lima beans, and pinto beans.

Beans are a great source of plant protein and dietary fiber and can be prepared in a number of ways, including boiling, baking, and frying. Some common bean dishes include baked beans and refried beans. 

Beef

Beef refers to cow meat that is prepared for human consumption. The broad term of beef encompasses many cuts of the animal, for example ground chuck or ground round (variations of ground beef), beef rib, short loin, beef brisket, sirloin steak, and rump roast.

Beef can be made and served in a practically endless number of ways, though some favorites are ground and formed into hamburgers or meatballs, cut into a steak and seared, or prepared as a roast beef. 

Black Beans

One of the most popular types of beans, black beans (frijoles negros in Spanish) are a staple food in a number of Latin and Carribean cuisines.

These legumes are incredibly rich in fiber, potassium, magnesium, and plant protein. They can be prepared in a variety of ways, and some popular dishes made with black beans include refried beans, black bean tostadas, black bean burgers, and Cuban black beans. 

Black-Eyed Peas

Not to be mistaken with the popular musical group, black-eyed peas are a legume native to Africa, where they form an important part of numerous cuisines.

Sometimes referred to as a cowpea, this bean is rich in potassium, iron, fiber, and protein, has low levels of sodium and fat, and contains no cholesterol. In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s is supposed to bring good luck. 

Blue Cheese

This cheese’s origins can be traced back to Roquefort, France: it is thought to have been discovered by accident when cheeses were stored in natural environments that favored mold growth.

The blue spots that give blue cheese its name come from the mold that grows from the Penicillium roqueforti culture, which also gives the cheese its characteristic sharp, salty, and somewhat pungent smell and flavor. 

Blue Crab

The Atlantic blue crab is a species of crustacean native to the Western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Traditionally, blue crab was an important food for Native Americans and European Settlers in the North American Chesapeake Bay region, and their peak season lasts from April to late November. 

Brie Cheese

A soft cow’s milk cheese, brie gets its name from the French region where it originated. Similar to another well known French cheese, Camembert, brie cheese is rich and creamy and can be made from either whole or semi-skimmed milk.

It is especially delicious when baked and served with sweet foods like honey, apples, or berries. 

Butter

This animal fat source is made by extracting the fat and protein components from cow’s milk or cream.

Butter is semi-solid at room temperature and is about 80% fat, including saturated, monounsaturated, and dairy trans fats, and it is a good source of vitamins A and D.

Though appropriate when consumed in moderation, excessive butter consumption can cause weight gain and increase your risk of heart disease. 

Spices, Herbs, Oils, and Sauces Beginning with B

Balsamic Vinegar

This highly concentrated and intense-flavored vinegar originated in Italy and is made by aging reduced grape must for several years in wooden barrels.

The two traditional D.O.P. varieties of balsamic vinegar are produced in Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy and have a complex sweet and sour flavor. 

Basil

This culinary herb is native to tropical regions like Central Africa and Southeast Asia. There are a number of basil varieties, such as sweet basil, Thai basil, and lemon basil.

Basil is an impressive source of vitamin K and manganese and is perhaps best known for its uses in Italian cuisine, as it is used to make pesto and forms an essential element of the traditional caprese salad. 

Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is an aromatic leaf used for flavoring in cooking. Bay leaves come from the laurel tree and can be used fresh or dried. Bay leaves are most commonly used in slow-cooked recipes like soups, sauces, and stews. However, it is very important to note that bay leaves should be removed from dishes before serving, as they can have an unpleasant and stiff texture.  

Black Pepper

Black pepper is a flowering vine that is cultivated for its fruit, peppercorn, which is then dried and used as a spice or seasoning. Black pepper is rich in piperine, a plant compound shown to have antioxidant and inflammation-fighting properties.

Dishes Beginning with B

Barbeque Ribs

Though commonly associated with “Southern” food from the United States, barbeque ribs originated in the Caribbean and traveled north with Spanish Conquistadors.

With the settling of Europeans and Africans in the southern colonies, barbeque ribs evolved. Nowadays, both beef and pork can be used in the production of barbeque ribs, some of the most common cuts of meat being baby back ribs, spare ribs, rib tips, and riblets. 

Beef Wellington

This traditional dish of English origin is named after the Duke of Wellington. It consists of a fillet steak covered in duxelles and pate which is then wrapped in a puff pastry.

The dish is baked so that the pastry achieves a golden brown hue and has gained recent popularity thanks to the famous chef and culinary personality Gordon Ramsay. 

Beef Stew

This warming winter dish is made with beef and vegetables that are cooked into a broth that is later thickened.

The beef is coated in flour and browned, and commonly used vegetables include onions, celery, carrots, potatoes, and sometimes peas.

Beef stew is often served with some sort of starch, like soup dumplings, pasta, or bread. 

Borscht

Borscht is a sour soup that is very popular in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia.

Though the term refers to a wide variety of soups, the most emblematic, and perhaps the one that we imagine when we hear the word borscht, is a Ukranian beet soup recognized for its brilliant red color.

They are commonly made with a combination of meat or bone stock and sauteed vegetables, such as potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and beetroot. 

Brisket

Beef brisket refers to the cut of meat that comes from the breast or lower chest of the cow or veal.

Brisket can be smoked but is perhaps most commonly prepared by roasting in the oven with stock and other cooking liquids, resulting in incredibly tender meat. 

Buffalo Wings

Buffalo wings are a beloved American food which get their name not from the herding animal but rather their birthplace: the family-owned Anchor Bar restaurant in Buffalo, New York.

These unbreaded wings are deep fried and coated or dipped in a spicy vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter. 

Burrito

This beloved Mexican food has become a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine and can now be found around the world.

The burrito is thought to have originated in Guanajuato, Mexico and is made by wrapping a flour tortilla around a variety of ingredients, which can include beans, rice, meat, chicken, cheese, vegetables, and more.

Increasingly popular is the breakfast burrito, which is made with scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon. 

Desserts and Baked Goods Beginning with B

Bagels

This round baked good has multi-ethnic origins and gained traction in Poland around the 1600s.

While it was brought to Poland by German immigrants, it became a popular food among Jewish communities there, as it was one of the only baked goods that Jews were legally allowed to prepare.

Bagels were brought to the United States by Eastern European immigrants at the end of the 1800s.

Bagels are made by mixing, kneading, and shaping the dough into its characteristic round shape with a hole in the middle; proofing the bagels; boiling the bagels; then baking them. This process gives them their chewy texture and shiny exterior. 

Baguette

A baguette is a type of French bread that is characterized by its length and crisp crust.

Baguettes have a hard exterior crust with a soft inner texture and are usually around 25 inches long, though they can measure even longer.

The word “baguette” in French means “wand” or “stick”, which refers to the loaf’s length and shape. 

Baked Alaska

This gourmet dessert consists of ice cream and cake and is topped with browned meringue.

To make this treat ,ice cream is lined with sponge cake and topped with meringue, after which the dessert is placed in the oven on extremely high heat for a short period of time, enough for the meringue to brown but without allowing the ice cream to melt. 

Baklava

This pastry made with a base of filo dough is incredibly popular in Turkish, Iranian, and other Arab cuisines.

Many variations of the dessert exist, and baklava is commonly filled with ingredients corresponding to the region where it is made.

Versions can include nuts like pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds, and commonly-used spices include cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and saffron. 

Banana Bread

Banana bread is a soft, moist quickbread made from ripe bananas and leavened with baking soda and/or baking powder instead of yeast.

It started to show up in American cookbooks around the 1930s with the rise in popularity of chemical leavening agents. It is commonly made with walnuts or chocolate chips. 

Banana Split 

This American ice cream dessert is made with banana, ice cream, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries.

It gets its name from the method of preparation, as a banana is split in half and three scoops of ice cream, traditionally vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, are served between the halves. 

Beignets

Though the history of beignets dates back to ancient Rome, they are known nowadays as a traditional New Orleans treat.

This dessert consists of choux or yeast pastry dough that is deep fried and, in the case of New Orleans beignets, topped with powdered sugar. 

Biscuits

Biscuits can refer to two different types of baked goods. In the United States, biscuits are a soft and flaky quickbread that is somewhat reminiscent of a scone.

Outside of North America, biscuits are a hard, flat, and unleavened baked good that can be either sweet or savory, what would be referred to in American English as a cookie or a cracker. 

Bread

Bread is an ample term that refers to a mixture of flour, yeast, and water that is cooked, usually by baking.

It is one of the oldest recorded man-made foods, and some version of bread can be found in practically every corner of the world.

Bread is typically leavened by naturally occurring microbes, yeast, chemicals, or high-pressure aeration. 

Bread Pudding

Many countries have their own version of the popular bread-based dish that is made with stale bread and milk and usually contains eggs.

Bread pudding can be savory or sweet, and popular versions exist in Phillipine, Mexican, and British cuisine, though this dish can be found all over the world. 

Brioche

This bread of French origin is made with a high egg and butter content, hence its rich and puffy texture and golden, flaky crust.

The brioche-making technique is similar to that of traditional bread, as it requires a yeast or sourdough rise, but the results are richer and more pastry-like thanks to the addition of extra ingredients.

Brioche can also be made with savory or sweet fillings. 

Brownies

This chocolate baked good is typically baked and cut into squares, and their texture can range from dense and gooey to light and cakey.

Brownies are made with flour, eggs, chocolate, sugar, cocoa powder, and some sort of baking fat (either butter or oil).

Common additions include walnuts or even extra chocolate chips. 

Drinks Beginning with B

Baileys Irish Cream

This Irish cream liqueur is flavored with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey and was introduced in 1974 as the first Irish cream on the market.

Over the years, Baileys has marketed a variety of unique flavors including mint chocolate, crème caramel, Biscotti, vanilla cinnamon, and Pumpkin Spice. 

Beer

One of the oldest alcoholic drinks, beer has been produced for thousands of years.

It is the world’s third most popular beverage after water and tea and plays a role in the culinary cultures of almost every country.

Beer is produced by brewing cereal grains (most commonly barley). The sugar from the grains ferments and produces ethanol (alcohol) and natural carbonation.  

Black Tea

Generally more stronger than other varieties of teas, black tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis shrub.

Black tea was developed in China, where it is referred to as red tea. Some of the most common varieties of black tea include Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast, and Masala Chai.