There are so many great foods that start with the letter F. Some you’ll wonder if they exist whilst others you’ll find worldwide.
This article contains 35 foods that begin with the letter K. You’ll brush up on your food knowledge and become a trivia expert in no time.
Fruits Beginning with F
Figs are a tree fruit native to the Mediterranean and Middle East that have been cultivated since ancient times. They can be consumed both fresh and dried and are commonly used to produce jam.
Figs are very sweet and have a high sugar content, but are also rich in fiber. They pair especially well with aged cheeses and cured meats on a charcuterie board and can serve as a delicious salad or flatbread topping.
The Fuji apple was developed in Japan in the 1930s and is a hybrid between the Red Delicious and Ralls Genet apples.
They are juicy and crunchy with a slight tartness and are considered to be one of the sweetest apples in the world. They have an especially high sugar content, with 14 grams of sugar per 100 grams.
Though developed some 30 years prior, Fuji apples only arrived on the market in 1962.
The most common variety of persimmon is the Fuyu persimmon. This orange fruit is shaped much like a tomato, and when ripe, can be eaten like an apple or peach. Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, potassium, manganese, and vitamins A, B6, and C.
Persimmons can be incorporated into salads, served with mascarpone or sweet cream, or baked into pies, tarts, and galettes.
Vegetables Beginning with F
Surprisingly a member of the carrot family, fennel is a flowering plant with feathery leaves that is native to the coastal regions of the Mediterranean.
This vegetable is high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, and while its feathery fronds can be used to garnish dishes, the bulb is the part of the plant that is most often incorporated into recipes.
Fennel has a licorice, anise-like taste that is quite strong when raw but can be toned down by cooking.
This variety of potato is small and narrow and slightly resembles a finger, which is where the name comes from. Fingerling potatoes have a very delicate skin and don’t have to be peeled before cooking.
They can be boiled, baked, and more, and they are often used in potato salad or as a side dish thanks to their conveniently small size.
Frisee is a leafy green in the chicory family that is related to endives, escarole, and radicchio. It has a bitter taste and crunchy texture, making it a great ingredient for salads when paired with creamy dressings and rich ingredients.
Frisee is very low in calories and rich in folic acid and vitamins A and C, along with providing small amounts of manganese and vitamin K.
General Foods Beginning with F
Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food that consists of ground chickpeas or fava beans (or both) which are formed into balls or patties and deep fried.
Falafel gets a lot of its flavor from the spices and herbs that are often included in its preparation, like garlic, parsley, cumin, and coriander.
These crunchy patties can be served within a pita with vegetables and sauce or used as a delicious salad topping. Falafel pairs especially well with tahini, the sesame seed paste that also serves as a key ingredient in hummus.
Sometimes referred to as broad beans, fava beans are cultivated around the world. Harvested in the spring, they grow inside pods and have a large, flat, bright green appearance.
Though they can also be consumed fresh, the dried beans can be prepared by boiling or simmering, like you would prepare practically any dried bean, and can be used in a number of recipes. This bean is high in fiber, vitamin B, and various other minerals.
This Greek diary staple is a curd cheese made from sheep’s milk or a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk. It is aged in brine for at least 2 months (and up to a year for the best feta), which gives it its salty and tangy flavor.
In the European Union, this cheese is a Protected Designation of Origin (P.D.O.) product, meaning that real feta can only be produced in certain areas of Greece using the traditional method.
Commonly referred to as hazelnuts, filberts are a tree nut that grows inside of a smooth, hard shell.
Their name is supposedly derived from Saint Philbert, whose feast day (August 20) coincides with the harvesting time of the nut.
They are incredibly crunchy and their distinct nutty flavor plays an emblematic role in foods like Nutella hazelnut spread and Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
Filberts rich in fiber and protein.
Some sort of fish is consumed in practically every cuisine, and culinary uses of fish are widespread and varied.
Some of the most commonly consumed fish in the world include tuna, cod, salmon, and tilapia. Many varieties of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to lower blood pressure and promote heart health.
Fish can be prepared in an endless number of ways, and is often fried, sauteed, baked, or served raw in sushi, sashimi, or tartare.
Flageolet beans originated in France and continue to be an important element in French cuisine.
They are a tender, pale green bean with a subtle flavor. In traditional French cuisine, they are typically prepared by simmering with bacon, broth, bay leaf, and rosemary.
Flageolet beans are very rich in fiber and protein, and also contain potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and vitamin B9.
Flax, or linseed, is a seed that is cultivated in regions with warm or temperate climates.
This incredibly healthy food was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago and was originally used primarily for its health benefits, which are extensive. Flax seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans, the last of which provide plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities.
Consuming flax, whether it be in seed or oil form, has been shown to help reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Flounder is a flatfish with a delicate texture and mild flavor. The slightly sweet fish is most commonly baked or pan seared, and it pairs well with lemon and garlic flavors.
Flounder is a lean fish that provides a good source of protein and vitamin D, and it is impressively low in calories, making it a great seafood option for those watching their weight.
Often referred to as hot dogs, frankfurters are an Austrian sausage made of pork that is stuffed into a sheep intestine casing.
The cooked sausage is cured and smoked, and simply needs to be heated (typically boiled, fried, or grilled) before consumption.
Frankfurters were invented in Vienna, though German immigrants are credited with the international diffusion of the food.
This ancient grain is made from green durum wheat that is roasted and rubbed.
It essentially consists of wheat that has been harvested early, while the grains are still tender, and it is very popular in Middle Eastern and North African cuisines.
Freekeh should be rinsed then boiled or simmered, and cooking times vary depending on whether you are working with cracked or wholegrain freekeh.
The grain is a great source of plant protein and is incredibly rich in manganese.
French fries, or “chips” in British English, are strips of potatoes that are deep fried and often served with ketchup, vinegar, or some sort of dipping sauce.
Their origins can actually be traced back to 17th century Belgium, where they continue to be a typical food today. French fries often accompany hamburgers, sandwiches, steak (steak frites), and fried fish (fish and chips).
Spices, Herbs, Oils, and Sauces Beginning with F
The dried seeds of the fennel plant can be used in a variety of recipes. Reminiscent of cumin seeds but with a greener color, they add a warm and sweet aroma to dishes, and much like fennel, have a flavor similar to anise or licorice.
It is best to grind or toast fennel seeds before using them to maximize their flavor, and they are a great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese.
This herb, which is similar to clover, is cultivated all around the world. It is an especially popular element in Indian cuisine, where its leaves and seeds are used to season dishes.
Fenugreek has a wide variety of health benefits, and it is thought to have beneficial properties when it comes to treating digestive issues, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, and certain heart conditions.
Snacks Beginning with F
French Onion Dip
This traditional American dip, sometimes referred to as California dip, is made with a base of sour cream and sometimes mayonnaise.
It is flavored with, you guessed it, onion, which can be incorporated either as minced fresh onion or in dried and powdered form. It is most often served with potato chips, crackers, or sliced vegetables as an appetizer.
Dishes Beginning with F
This Tex-Mex food originated in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in the 20th century. Though similar to tacos, they differ when it comes to their respective fillings and tortillas.
Fajitas are characterized by the grilled meat, typically chicken or steak, that often comes sizzling right off the grill before serving. The meat is typically accompanied by grilled peppers and onions and served inside a flour tortilla.
On the other hand, tacos are typically made with ground or shredded meat and can be served with either flour or corn tortillas.
This creamy Italian pasta dish is said to have been created by restaurant owner Alfredo di Lelio in Rome at the end of the 19th century.
Alfredo made a simple buttered pasta with Parmesan for his pregnant wife who was suffering from morning sickness.
Shortly after, he introduced it to his restaurant menu, and when two American actors who were on their honeymoon tried the dish, they loved it so much that they brought it back to the United States.
The recipe consists of long fettuccine noodles, butter, Parmesan, and oftentimes heavy cream.
Fish and Chips
This traditional English dish consists of fried battered fish served with fried potato strips (chips, or french fries).
Thick whitefish, like cod, haddock, and pollock, are most commonly used to make fish and chips, and the potatoes are often topped with vinegar.
Emblematic of British culinary tradition, many claim that fish and chips was first served by Joseph Malin, a Jewis immigrant who opened the first recorded fish and chip shop in London in 1860.
This traditionally Swiss dish consists of melting cheese over a portable flame and dipping bread, vegetables, and meats into the cheese.
The cheeses most commonly used for fondue are Swiss (Emmental), Gruyere, and Gouda, which are all excellent melting cheeses. Other fondue ingredients include dry white wine, garlic, lemon juice, and, believe it or not, brandy.
The most traditional liquor to use is Kirsch, a German/Swiss cherry brandy.
French Onion Soup
This soup comes from, you guessed it , France, where it is coined as a hangover cure. The indulgent dish consists of caramelizing onions in butter, deglazing the pan with wine, adding beef stock and spices, and simmering.
To serve the soup, individual ramekins or oven proof bowls should be filled with the onion broth and topped with Gruyere cheese and toasted bread, which is then broiled for a couple of minutes so that the cheese melts and achieves a golden brown hue.
French toast dates as far back as the Roman empire, where it was referred to as pan dulcis and consisted of soaking bread in an egg and milk mixture and frying it in oil or butter.
Some contemporary variations on the dish include “eggy bread”, which can be prepared savory rather than sweet, and Spanish torrijas, a traditional Easter dessert that consists of soaking bread in infused milk and honey and frying in olive oil.
While some claim that fried chicken originated in Scotland, it was the slaves and African Americans of the Southern United States that transformed the dish into the worldwide phenomenon that it is today.
Now, popular versions of fried chicken exist in various Asian cuisines, and fried chicken fast food chains like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Popeyes, and Chick-fil-A are some of the most successful franchises on the planet.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Another emblematic southern dish from the United States, fried green tomatoes are made with green, unripe tomatoes that are sliced, breaded, and fried.
They are typically coated in cornmeal, a staple ingredient of the region, and have a slightly sour, tangy flavor. Though they are coined as a staple of the American South, they are actually thought to have originated in the North and Midwest regions.
This egg dish is an Italian creation that is similar to an omelette or crustless quiche.
A frittata is made with beaten eggs that are mixed with milk or cream and vegetables or other ingredients and cooked on the stovetop or in the oven.
Unlike an omelette, frittatas are cooked over low heat and are much thicker than their French counterpart. Additionally, frittatas are often served at room temperature, while omelets are served hot.
Fruit salad simply refers to combining various types of fruits and is often served with a liquid, whether it be a fruit juice or syrup.
Pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, melon, and grapes are commonly used to make fruit salad, and other ingredients like nuts and yogurt can also be used.
Fruit salads can be served as appetizers, side dishes, and even desserts, making them an incredibly versatile dish.
Desserts and Baked Goods Beginning with F
The first versions of flan appeared during the Roman empire.
It later became quite the hit for the Spanish, who then brought the dessert to South and Central America, and nowadays it is an especially important recipe in Mexican cuisine.
Flan is made with a custard base of milk, eggs, and sweetener (or sweetened milk), and it is characterized by its caramel topping. It is typically baked in a water bath and later chilled and inverted onto a platter for serving.
Though their exact history is debated, fortune cookies as we know them today were thought to have been invented in California by Japanese or Chinese immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century.
They are a common dessert addition to Chinese takeout orders, and they are made from a butter, sugar, egg white, and flour dough. They contain a small message, or fortune, on a slip of paper inside their crispy, sweet cookie shell.
This festive cake, which can be traced back to Medieval times, is typically prepared and served around the holiday season. It is prepared with candied or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and can be iced and decorated.
Most fruitcakes are also infused with some sort of alcoholic glazy, and commonly used spirits include sherry, rum, whisky, brandy, and orange liqueur.
This sugary treat is made by heating sugar, butter, milk or cream, and other desired ingredients and beating the mixture while it cools to achieve a rich and creamy consistency.
The smooth dessert is most often flavored with chocolate or cocoa, but different ingredients can vary greatly, and some other delicious fudge varieties can be made with peanut butter, nuts, dried fruit, crumbled cookies, maple syrup, caramel, butterscotch, and more.
Drinks Beginning with F
A French 75 is a traditional cocktail made from gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It dates back to World War I, and was created at the New York Bar in Paris, hence its name.
As the story goes, the “75” in the cocktail’s name was inspired by the 75mm Howitzer field gun that the American and French soldiers used during the war.